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Secrets to Keeping Your Blood Sugar Level Even

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If you have type 2 diabetes, the biggest challenge is keeping your blood sugar levels on an even keel. This means carefully portioning what you eat, and eating the right combination of foods so your body gets a steady stream of glucose which can be turned into energy. You don't have to give up your favorite foods... just figure out how to work them into a healthy diet plan.

Breakfast is a particularly important meal for type 2 diabetics. During the night, your body has burned most of the available glucose in your body, and often you wake up with low blood sugar. Many people turn to carbs for a morning bump of energy, and don't understand why they crash before lunch. The reason is that carbohydrates break down very quickly, are absorbed and converted into energy, and used up rapidly.

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This is why eating just a bowl of oatmeal in the morning can give you an energy boost, but two hours later you feel exhausted. Your body overreacts to the bump in blood sugar, produces a burst of insulin to deal with it, and you simply run out of fuel.

However, you shouldn't avoid carbohydrates... you need them for quick energy to start your day. You simply need to combine complex, fiber-rich carbs with protein and even a little healthy fat. This will ensure that your body still has reserves to draw on in the form of more slowly absorbing foods after the carbs are used up.

Snacks are very important also for type 2 diabetics, they will keep your blood sugar levels from dropping too low. Extremely low sugar levels mean that when you do eat, your blood glucose levels will jump dramatically. As noted, this can prompt your body to overreact and produce too much insulin, crashing you again... or if you can't produce enough insulin or can't utilize it properly, you might find that your blood sugar keeps climbing until it reaches unsafe levels.

Main meals need to be high in complex carbs and protein and have a healthy mix of vegetables and fruits added in. Its also a good idea to make a habit of drinking water every time you eat, along with juice made from whole fruits (with real pulp).

Desserts do not have to be cut completely from your diet; the secret is finding satisfying treats that are naturally low in sugar and practicing strict portion control. A dessert that is low in sugar but contains healthy fat is actually a good idea with your last meal of the day... the fat breaks down slower than anything else, and can keep you from crashing in the early hours of the morning.

Would you like more information about alternative ways to handle your type 2 diabetes?

To download your free copy of my E-Book, click here now: Answers to Your Questions... its based on questions many diabetics have asked me over recent months.

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Beverleigh Piepers is a registered nurse who would like to help you understand how to live easily and happily with your type 2 diabetes. Beverleigh Piepers is the author of this article.

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