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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