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Community Q&A: Diabetic Patients’ Questions and Answers

Can carbohydrate absorption be controlled in a way that prevents harmful effects on blood glucose levels?

While it is not possible to completely control carbohydrate absorption to prevent any impact on blood glucose levels, there are strategies that can help manage blood sugar response after consuming carbohydrates:

Portion control: Monitoring portion sizes can help regulate the amount of carbohydrates consumed in a meal, which can directly affect blood glucose levels.

Choosing low glycemic index (GI) foods: Foods with a lower glycemic index tend to cause a slower and more gradual rise in blood glucose levels compared to high GI foods. Prioritizing low GI foods, such as whole grains, legumes, and non-starchy vegetables, can help minimize blood sugar spikes.

Combining carbohydrates with protein and healthy fats: Pairing carbohydrates with protein and healthy fats can slow down digestion and absorption, resulting in a more gradual release of glucose into the bloodstream. This can help maintain more stable blood sugar levels.

Timing of carbohydrate consumption: Spacing out carbohydrate intake throughout the day, rather than consuming large amounts at once, can help prevent sharp spikes in blood glucose levels.

Regular physical activity: Engaging in regular physical activity can improve insulin sensitivity and help the body utilize glucose more efficiently, potentially reducing the impact of carbohydrate consumption on blood glucose levels.

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