TamiR

Q:

What happens to a diabetic if you eat whatever you want, whenever you want?

Amy Campbell

A:

Assuming that you have diabetes, what would likely happen is that you would have high blood glucose levels fairly consistently. If a person does not have diabetes, insulin is secreted from the pancreas whenever that person eats food or drinks a beverage containing carbohydrate. If a person has type 1 diabetes, that person no longer makes insulin, so he or she must inject insulin to “cover” any carbohydrate that is consumed; otherwise, blood glucose levels will become too high. In the case of a person with type 2 diabetes managed by healthy eating and physical activity, that person needs to control portions and carb intake, and eat somewhat on a regular schedule. Eating too much or eating randomly can also cause high blood glucose. And for people who take medication (pills and/or insulin) to manage type 2 diabetes, again, portion and carb control, along with a regular eating schedule are important factors in keeping blood glucose and A1C levels in a safe range. Apart from glucose control, whether one has diabetes or not, eating whatever you want, whenever you want can often lead to weight gain.