On a high-carb diet, people with diabetes need less insulin

The more car­bo­hy­drate you eat, the more respon­sive your body becomes to the hor­mone insulin. That is why high-car­bo­hy­drate diets cure type 2 dia­betes. They also reduce insulin require­ments in peo­ple with type 1 dia­betes. If you are tak­ing insulin, talk to your doc­tor before you switch to a high-car­bo­hy­drate diet. Oth­er­wise, you could end up with a dan­ger­ous bout of low blood sug­ar. Con­tin­ue read­ing “On a high-carb diet, peo­ple with dia­betes need less insulin”

The Diabetic Food Exchange System Is Not a Weight-Loss Plan

Recent­ly, I saw that a friend of mine had post­ed on her refrig­er­a­tor a sim­pli­fied list of food exchanges for dia­bet­ics. She does not have dia­betes, so I asked her why she would need that list. She said that she wants to lose weight. I tried to explain that the exchange sys­tem is not a weight-loss plan. Its pur­pose is to help peo­ple with type 1 dia­betes (insulin-depen­dent dia­betes) fig­ure out how much insulin to inject. And it does not do a par­tic­u­lar­ly good job at that. She said that she was using the list to help her count calo­ries.

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