Glycemic Index: A must monitoring tool for diabetes

The glycemic index is a very important factor for diabetics. Learn more about Glycemic Index and how to choose the best foods for better health. Closely monitoring what you eat can help diabetics in controlling sugar levels at optimum range.

If you have diabetes, you probably know the importance of glycemic index in foods. If you have diabetes, you probably know that eating certain carbs can elevate your diabetes level and can be difficult to deal with. Carbohydrates are refined sugars that are included in pasta, rice, and bread which are easier for your body to convert into glucose. Glucose is a sugar that your body uses for energy. These carbs are difficult to digest and take a longer time to get converted into easier absorbable forms of glucose which can be used by the body for utilizing energy. Vegetables and whole grains are instead better options to eat. 

An important message for diabetics.

If you are a diabetic that controlling what you eat is very important to keep your sugar levels at optimum levels. Choosing the wrong type of carbohydrates can turn out to be a difficult time in controlling sugar levels. To help diabetics make better food choices, it is important to focus on the glycemic index. This index helps in knowing the carbohydrate-containing foods that can impact your health. The glycemic index helps the diabetics choose between the “good carbs'' and “bad carbs” Many utilize this tool to refine the carbohydrate intake which helps them maintain optimum sugar levels. 

The real glycemic values. According to the glycemic index, carbohydrates with a low GI are more slowly digested, absorbed, and metabolized, resulting in the slow and slower rise of glucose or sugar levels in the body. This will help you in 

Proper metabolization Proper digestion  Proper assimilation  Keep your energy levels optimum  Control blood sugar levels  Control cholesterol levels  Control blood pressure  Check the various parameters for a healthy heart  Keep you active  Helps deals with fatigue and tiredness  Proper sleep  Helps with mood disorders  Improves the focus and concentration power  Helps for good immune function  Reduces stress levels 

GI values are divided into three main categories 

55 or less =Low=good  56-69=Medium  70 or higher =bad-High 

What research says about glycemic index for diabetics 

Research indicates that for most diabetics, the best managing tool is what they take in in their diet. It is important to monitor their diet regularly. This will help control all the parameters of a healthy heart. Carbohydrate counting and calorie intake counting is a very important aspect in diabetes. Some clinical studies also suggest that a low glycemic index can help diabetics help control blood glucose levels. While this GI tool is helpful to assist and help diabetics, most healthcare professionals agree that taking medicines is also important to avoid any further complications in diabetes. Glycemic Index value does not contain the nutritional value but just takes the calorie counting and carbohydrate counting into account. 

Glycemic index can be used by people who want to lose weight 

Are you overweight? It's time to change. Overweight can cause many problems like hypertension, cholesterol, and diabetes. You must control weight by taking your glycemic index into account. Exercising and monitoring your eating habits is very important. These days, everybody wants to be healthy and it is one of the important aspects to stay fit and well-nourished. The GI is used by people who want to lose weight. Other nutritional values should also be considered by diabetics and people who want to lose weight. 

 

 

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