I guess I signed up to receive Good Eating/Good Living magazine put out by Kraft, but I don't remember doing it. LOL
Anyway, I'm looking through my mail and there it is. Ah, I said, "New information?" So, I get something to drink and make myself comfortable and sit there reading it, expecting to get some wonderful tips on diet, when all of a sudden, they start quoting an Amy Campbell, RD, CDE, education program manager at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, as saying:
"Sugar isn't the enemy. Sugar is just one type of carb. It's the total carbs, not the type, that will have the most impact on your blood sugar levels. It's okay to have a small dish of ice cream. Just count it as part of your total carb allowances. So, sugar isn't off-limits and neither are french fries."
So, my first question is to everybody at DC, since when are these foods recommended by an RD for diabetics? I mean I realize that sometimes we'll sneak something in when at a wedding or something like that, but to have an RD recommend this was shocking to me.
She also said in that article, "No matter what your eating plan, test your blood sugar 2 hrs. after the start of a meal. Generally, your blood sugar should be below about 160 at that point. If it's higher, it's likely you ate too much and/or didn't have enough medication on board. Watch for signs of high blood sugar, thirst, headache, frequent urination, and fatigue. If you experience any of them, check your blood sugar reading."
My confusion with this is since when is 160 not considered high blood sugar?
My doctor instructed me to take my medication just before I eat so that it'll help keep everything in balance as I eat. She doesn't want me going up to 160.
It's only if I forget to take my meds. before a meal that I get anything like 160. Then, when I see the reading, I thump myself in the head, call myself something unflattering, and run for the meds! Yikes!
But what does everybody think about these two little "gems" from an RD from Joslin? Can you imagine the confusion that something like that can cause someone who's just been diagnosed?
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