What Foods Affect Blood Glucose Levels?

Lori Berard, RN, CDE, Diabetes Educator, discusses what foods affect blood glucose levels.

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Lori Berard, RN, CDE, Diabetes Educator, discusses what foods affect blood glucose levels.
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Featuring Lori Berard, RN, CDE (Certified Diabetes Educator)

Duration: 1 minute, 11 seconds

When you’re measuring your blood glucose levels, the things that can affect it are how much food you have – for example, how much carbohydrate you take in at a meal and what kind of carbohydrate that is; is it high glycemic index or low glycemic index?  

How much activity you’ve had on a particular day can affect your blood glucose level. Whether you’re taking the right amount of medications at the right time can affect your blood glucose levels. And those are sort of the easy things to think about.  

But the other things that people don’t necessarily take into consideration are how infections or illness can affect their blood sugar levels, how stress, anxiety can affect your blood sugar levels; also how additions of new medications may actually affect your blood glucose levels.  

So it’s important to sort of take a good look at all of the things that have been going on through a day or a week and try to put those pieces together. And don’t ever underestimate how much stress can actually affect your blood sugars because it is very important to keep that in mind.

So if your blood sugars are out of whack and you’re stressed about it, being stressed about it is going to make your blood sugars even higher. So talking to someone about how you can manage that is really important.

Presenter: Lori Berard, Nurse, Winnipeg, MB

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This content is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.