Diabetes is a problem for many adults. Over 20 million Americans are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. One million new cases are diagnosed each year. Diabetes is one of the top ten leading causes of death in the United States. It is linked with other conditions including cardiovascular disease and cancer. Lifestyle changes can help manage diabetes.
7. Change Dietary Carbohydrates: Limit Sugar And Starch
The elimination of dietary carbohydrates is not necessary to manage diabetes. Instead, limit overconsumption of unhealthy types of carbohydrates including sugar and starch. Starch is broken down to sugar in the body which contributes to blood glucose levels.
Candy and sugar-sweetened beverages, such as soda, are sources of dietary sugar. Crackers, cookies, cakes, tortillas, pastries, breads, pasta, rice, and starchy vegetables (potatoes, corn, etc.) are sources of starch. These all contribute to high blood glucose if eaten in excess. Read the Nutrition Facts Label to determine the serving size for each of these.