Glycemic Index/Diabetic News
As some may have read, I am a Type 2 Diabetic. I try to help other’s that may not know a lot about Diabetes. There is a lot of information out on the web and it can get daunting and sometimes confusing.
I just want to say, I am not licensed nor I am a medical expert. Any information I use to share should be followed up with your own doctor, should you choose to follow it.
Any information I share is for informational purposes, only.
Below I have a glycemic chart to look at , the lower the glycemic index, the better for less impact on your blood sugars. The higher on the glycemic index the worse it is for your blood sugars. This chart is very helpful, feel free to copy and share.
I also have copied the blood sugar readings that are standard for Diabetics. There can be some give and take to them, it just depends on what you and your doctor has come up with for your specific needs.
I hope this information will be helpful.
The glycemic index (GI) is a measure of the effect carbohydrates have on blood glucose levels. Understanding the GI values of specific foods can help reduce harmful spikes in blood sugar, as sugars and carbohydrates are broken down and your metabolism releases insulin to aid in digestion. Limiting your intake of high GI foods is a first-step towards controlling your cravings, increasing energy, and weight loss.
The GI is entirely based on the quality of carbohydrates and sugars you are in taking, not the quantity (although if you want to include portion control as well you can look at Glycemic Load (GL) of foods, looking for levels < 20). By it’s very definition, foods with minimal to no carbohydrates will have no measurable GI value — so in general carb-free foods such as most meats, seafood, poultry, and vegetables have no GI value.
Foods with a low GI (scores of 0-54) help you feel less hungry, provide you with a feeling of having more energy, and may lead to weight loss and provide a reduced risk of diabetes and improved heart health. While looking through these GI scores, please be aware by itself this does NOT constitute a diet — there are some fruits with higher GI scores than some less-healthy processed food snacks. The food list by itself is not a diet plan, it’s simply a measure on the effect of how your body breaks down the carbohydrates and that food’s impact on your insulin. To learn more, see our blood sugar chart.
Foods with a high GI score are associated with a fast, sharp spike in insulin. This often leads to intense cravings shortly after you’ve just eaten – for me a good example is after eating a toasted bagel.