Dr. Shradha Doshi
Diploma in Diabetology, MBBS · Endocrinologist ·
Should Diabetics Avoid Sugar Completely?
Answer is NO. Sugar doesn't give you diabetes. It is only when one is diabetic that they are asked to cut down on sugar and foods that have high sugar content. This is a part of diet restrictions that comes with this disease. However, it is not advisable to avoid sugar completely. That can lead to deficiency and further problems. A balanced diet has never harmed anyone, plan yours based around your diabetes
Try these minor changes and correct adjustments.
1. Never be empty-stomach - This will lead to subsequent drop in blood sugar levels which in turn can possibly lead to major complications. It is important to keep eating from time to time. So, if travelling or at work, make sure you carry snacks to be eaten between meals.
2. Take small but frequent meals - Schedule your day such that you eat at regular intervals. Since you are not supposed to go hungry, make it a point to eat small meals frequently. Portion control is important here.
3. Add more proteins to your diet - While proteins are important for everyone, they hold special importance for a diabetic's diet.
4. Eat whole grains - Whole grains that are rich in fiber are also good for diabetics as they are packed with nutrition. Since the glucose takes longer to break down, these types of foods keep you fuller for a longer time.
5. Take sweet when your sugar level dips - There might be times when your sugar level dips. For unprecedented events like this, always carry something sweet in your body as a precaution. Diabetics should not avoid sugar completely. If at any time one feels giddy or uncomfortable, a bite of something sweet is what is helpful.
6. Do not cut off all foods with sugar - Our body gets sugar from natural foods too, so negating sweet completely would mean you stop eating almost everything. Your aim should be to eat right and not abstain completely.