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Community Q&A: Diabetic Patients’ Questions and Answers

It's mango season, and I am from New Delhi, India. My blood sugar has been well-controlled since being diagnosed with diabetes three months ago, with an HbA1c of 5.9. My postprandial (PP) sugar rarely goes above 140 mg/dL two hours after a meal. I really enjoy eating mangoes. Can I have two mangoes daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner? I am willing to limit my intake of rotis to just one. Please advise.

It’s great to hear that your blood sugar levels are well-controlled and your HbA1c is within the target range. Enjoying mangoes in moderation can be part of a balanced diet for someone with controlled diabetes. However, it’s important to keep in mind a few considerations:

Portion size

While mangoes are delicious and nutritious, they contain natural sugars, which can affect blood sugar levels. Consuming large quantities of mangoes in one sitting may lead to a significant increase in blood sugar levels. It would be advisable to consume mangoes in moderate portions.

Meal composition

Balancing your meals is important for diabetes management. If you plan to include mangoes in your breakfast, lunch, and dinner, make sure to consider the overall composition of your meals. Include other low-glycemic index foods, such as whole grains, lean proteins, healthy fats, and non-starchy vegetables, to help slow down the absorption of sugars from the mangoes and maintain stable blood sugar levels.

Monitoring blood sugar levels

Even with controlled diabetes, it’s essential to monitor your blood sugar levels regularly, especially when introducing new foods or making significant changes to your diet. This will help you understand how mangoes specifically affect your blood sugar levels and make any necessary adjustments.

Individual response

Everyone’s body reacts differently to different foods. While some individuals with diabetes may tolerate mangoes well, others may experience a more significant rise in blood sugar levels. It’s important to listen to your body and pay attention to how mangoes specifically affect your blood sugar levels and overall well-being.

It would be best to consult with a registered dietitian or a healthcare professional who can provide personalized advice based on your specific health condition and dietary needs. They can guide you on portion sizes, meal composition, and help create a balanced eating plan that includes mangoes in a way that fits your diabetes management goals.

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