Gettting Feedback About Food Choices
 

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How blood glucose levels change with food
Of all things that affect your blood glucose, food has a significant effect. What you eat and how much you eat are very important, especially when it comes to carbohydrates. Let’s look at how blood glucose is affected by food.


Image showing carbohydrates are in starchy foods, grains, fruit, milk products and sweets
Image showing your body using carbohydrates for energy, which raises your blood glucose higher, which is faster than other kinds of food.
Image showing with type 2 diabetes, the goal is to find the right portions of carbohydrates to match your body's insulin - so your blood glucose doesn't spike into the Diabetes Danger zone.
Image showing with practice, self-monitoring before or after meals can help


Use self-monitoring (SMBG) to guide your food choices
SMBG before and after a meal can help you see how different foods and portions affect your blood glucose. On your log sheets, circle SMBG results that may be linked to specific mealtimes or foods to show to your doctor. If your blood glucose doesn't stay in range, talk to your doctor.

Image showing self-monitoring around meals to manage your blood glucose level.

   
 

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