Healthy Living

8 Do's & Don'ts of Diabetes

7. Avoid sugary drinks and snacks

  • Avoid soft drinks, iced tea, sports drinks, and energy drinks. These beverages tend to be full of sugar and will cause your blood sugar levels to increase. Most of these beverages may have more than 40 grams of sugar in each serving. People who consume large numbers of sugary drinks are more likely to be overweight. Drinking artificially sweetened diet sodas are better options. Consuming a lot of diet sodas, however, also lead to weight control problems. Drink water. You will feel much better.
  • Avoid eating out of a “bag.” Just grabbing a bag of chips and eating on the go is terrible for those with diabetes. A handful of chips can have more carbs than you need. Do you find yourself eating half the bag in one sitting?  If you are going to eat chips, just eat a handful.
  • Eating large amounts of pasta and other carbs with little to no protein will cause your blood sugars to spike. Carb-heavy meals leave you hungry and wanting to eat again, which causes more spikes in blood sugar.