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November is National Diabetes Awareness Month (NDAM). Please take some time to check out our T1D topics. We encourage you to share this information on your social media to help educate and raise awareness about type 1 diabetes.
Not all carbs are created equal! When managing blood sugar levels, making a habit of referencing the glycemic index (GI) is another useful tool you can add to your management resource kit. The GI scale runs from 1-100 and ranks carbohydrate-rich foods by how much they raise blood glucose levels as compared to standard foods; glucose and white bread. The body is able to digest some carbohydrates quickly, whereas others are broken down and processed more slowly. Examples of ranked foods include grain products, fruit, milk, yogurt, starchy vegetables, and legumes.
Benefits of choosing foods lower on the GI index include a slow rise in BG levels, an increased intake of in fibre that will help you feel full and control your appetite, and an improvement in blood cholesterol levels, important for preventing heart disease. Checking your blood glucose levels before you eat and then 2 hours following a meal is the best way to understand how your body processes the food you eat.
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CONTRIBUTING SOURCE: Unlock Food; Diabetes Canada
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Past NDAM postings:
Government Funding Programs | Drinking and Diabetes | Diabetes Burnout | All About A1c | Life as a T1D Parent
Diabetes & Depression | Perks of Type 1 | World Diabetes Day | Gestational Diabetes | Diabetes at School
T1D Stickers and Accessories | Driving with T1D | Pump Lingo | Dawn Phenomenon | Blood Sugar Management Get Diabetes Right | Foot Care | Sleep: the lost frontier | Glycemic Index | Medication Management