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Should people with diabetes reduce or count carbohydrates? – Portal Diabetes and You

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    Who can use carbohydrate counting to manage diabetes?

    It’s common for people to think that carb counting is only restricted to people with type 1 diabetes who use insulin, but this IS NOT TRUE. Carbohydrate counting plays an important role for both people with diabetes who take insulin and those who don’t. But it is a different role for each case. Keep reading the article and check out some details on the subject!

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    Understand the importance of carbohydrate counting

    For people with type 1 diabetes and those with type 2 diabetes who require insulin, counting carbohydrates is a way to match their insulin needs to the amount of carbohydrates they eat.

    For those with type 2 diabetes who do not need insulin, carbohydrate counting is a way to regulate the amount of carbohydrates they eat and monitor how this affects glycemic control, weight control and medication intake, as well as allowing for better quality of life.

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    Carbohydrate counting, therefore, is the best way to understand how carbohydrates affect glycemic control, control the amount of medication and the need for insulin. However, it requires patience.

    How to count carbohydrates?

    It is necessary to consult the carbohydrate tables of foods or their labels (in the case of processed foods), measure blood glucose, correct (if necessary) and make accounts (always), apply rapid-acting insulin (depending on how is the blood glucose). ) and carry out the follow-up.

    That is, you must learn to adjust the amount of insulin or medicine according to your carbohydrate intake and measure your blood glucose levels regularly.

    The support and follow-up of the doctor is essential to make the adjustments. The ideal is even to be accompanied by a multi-professional team.

    There are also courses and manuals that teach you how to count carbohydrates. Over time, this behavior becomes automatic.

    Access the SBD Carbohydrate Counting Manual – Brazilian Society of Diabetes

    All the carbohydrates we eat are converted to glucose, which affects blood sugar levels.

    So, would the ideal be a low-carb or no-carb diet?

    According to Camila Faria, nutritionist, some carbohydrates play an important role in our health. They are the ones that provide us with much of the energy necessary for daily activities.

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    Every organism has a need for carbohydrates. Varies by age, weight, and activity.

    Carbohydrates are commonly found in the following foods:

    • grains (breads, pastas, cereals)
    • fruits
    • vegetables
    • tubers (potatoes, sweet potatoes, and yams)
    • beers
    • wines and some strong spirits
    • desserts and sweets
    • most dairy products except cheese
    • foods like sucrose, fructose, maltose

    How can I improve my diabetes control using the Feeding?

    The lack of information about food is a very serious problem that bothers many people. That’s why I wrote the Digital Book “Food Without Restriction”. This book will show you how you can eat what you love and still keep your glucose levels under control. And of course, combine a good diet with exercise.

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    Sources consulted:
    SDB – Brazilian Society of Diabetes
    ADA – American Diabetes Association

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