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Controlling Middle Age Diabetes – Three Simple Facts

Diabetes seems to find its way into most peoples’ lives by the time they reach middle age and you have to watch your diet after 40. This is a disease that needs to be taken seriously and diet and exercise are key to midlife health.

It’s important to know that you don’t have to give up all the things you love but, you do need to learn how your body processes foods and what affects your blood sugar.

Here are three simple facts about foods you love:

Sweets indulgences are not “off limits” for those with diabetes, not any more. Research has shown that starches affect blood sugar levels as much as sugars. Healthy carbs like bright vegetables and whole grains don’t affect blood sugar as much. Combine your food selections and moderate your blood sugar levels. If you want a little sweet treat, make sure you combine it with healthy food choices.

A glass of wine or bottle of beer with dinner is o.k, just make sure the portions are small, approximately 5 ounces of wine or a 12 ounce beer equals one serving. It’s important to note that people with severe or uncontrolled diabetes should avoid alcohol use.

Fiber is the key. Foods that are high in fiber like fruits, vegetables, beans and bran cereals have been shown to lower blood sugar levels. Your body absorbs fiber rich foods more slowly thereby moderating blood sugar levels. People need at least 35 grams of fiber a day. This is a great way to satisfy your hunger, feel full longer and keep those levels in check.

If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, it’s important for you to learn about the proper food groups. And, don’t forget daily exercise. Just 20-30 minutes a day will make a world of difference. Get that heart rate up and focus on midlife health and wellness.

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