Now it is a very well known fact that diabetes is associated with blood sugar. It may be any type of diabetes like type 1, type 2 or gestational diabetes. If you have diabetes, you must be aware about ideal blood sugar levels for you. You have to face the challenge of controlling the rising sugar levels in your blood. Of course, proper medication, exercise and a proper diet are going to help you. Your doctor also underlines the same thing. He/she may suggest you follow a diabetes diet and do carbohydrate counting to restrict carb intake. Here are few things that prove how diabetes diet and carbohydrate counting benefits you.
Where do we can find carbohydrate? We can find carbohydrates in almost all the foods we normally eat. When we eat food containing carbohydrates, our body automatically converts it into glucose. Glucose, which is also known as blood sugar, works as fuel in our body. Therefore, the blood sugar level in our body depends upon our carbohydrate intake. As a diabetic, if you are able to control the carbohydrate intake, you can easily control the level of blood sugar. Here comes the concept carbohydrate counting. It is nothing but a scientific approach in meal planning.
In general, we eat what we like to eat. Our food also depends on life style. We eat pastas, meats, seafood, white wheat, chocolates, vegetables, and so many other things. The foods contain certain amount of carbohydrates, proteins, fats, mineral, fiber, etc. We are however, not aware about what the foods we eat contains. We simply prefer the foods that appeal to our palate. As a diabetic patient it is imperative that you be aware about the contents of the various foods you eat. It is necessary in controlling your diabetic condition.
The concept carbohydrate counting helps you become aware about the contents of the food you eat. It is proving to be very popular amongst diabetic patients’ world wide. It is divided in three steps. In the first step it creates awareness about the basics of the carbohydrate counting concept. While in the second step, it helps to establish the relationship between blood sugar level, medication, food, and exercise. In the third step it helps to create consciousness about the ratio between carbohydrates and insulin. The third step is very useful to monitor type 1 diabetes.
You must know how to count the amount of carbs in your meals. Suppose your breakfast includes two slices of bread, small cup of milk and an apple. How do you know the intake of carbohydrates? In general, each of these things contains one carb. It means you consume four carb in your breakfast. According to carbohydrate counting one carb is equal to 15 grams of carbohydrates. It means you consume 60 grams of carbohydrates in your breakfast. Nowadays, companies manufacturing foods for diabetics mention the amount of carbohydrate on the labels itself. You can refer to the label to know your carbohydrate intake, if you find it difficult a dietitian can also help you understand it.
There is a similarity between low carbohydrate diabetes diets and carbohydrates counting concept. The concept of low carbohydrate diabetes diet is based on restrictions or limitation on carbohydrates intake. In general, it allows you to consume 60 grams of carbohydrates in a day. In the carb counting method no food is barred instead of restricting foods it controls the amount of carbohydrate intake by counting the carbohydrate content in each food you eat. So, you can obtain carbohydrates, proteins, minerals, and fats by enjoying foods that you like.