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Type 2 Diabetes – Controlling Your Carb Intake and Liking It

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First things first: carbohydrates are not harmful to your health - at least by nature. Our bodies have not only developed a preference for them physiologically, they have also grown to depend on carbs for energy. Notably, our muscles and brain depend almost entirely on glucose as an energy source to drive their functions. Carbohydrates are also easily metabolized in our body, as opposed to fats, which undergo a slightly more tedious process.

What's more is in the absence of carbohydrates, our body will actually convert other nutrients to sugars for a more accessible form of energy.

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The takeaway here is carbs are not to be feared nor neglected. They are important. But they must be included in your eating plan in an appropriate manner. The right carbs in moderate amounts can actually help you stabilize your blood sugar and may even help prevent Type 2 diabetes.

Let's go over the three most common mistakes both Type 2 diabetics and non-diabetics make regarding their carbohydrate intake. Avoid or correct these mistakes and you'll be one step further in your quest to improve your health overall and stabilize your blood sugar levels...

1. You eat the unhealthy types of carbs. Everyone is guilty of eating unhealthy forms of carbohydrates to some extent. But, you must ensure this habit is merely an exception, rather than the rule. White potatoes, bagels, white rice, and processed foods are all harmful to your health when they are eaten in abundance. Opt for whole wheat, non-refined types of carbohydrates instead.

You eat too many carbohydrates. It's true carbohydrates are essential, but there is a fine line between a beneficial intake and one that is harmful. Most people consume much more than they truly need. It doesn't help carbs are found in an overwhelming variety of foods. Moreover, you will have to tone down your intake if you are to effectively improve your blood sugar levels and lose weight.

You eat carbs at the wrong time of the day. There is much debate over when you should and shouldn't eat carbohydrates. Generally, as long as your overall intake is under control, the timing of your intake is made less important. That said, there are times where it's important to take in carbs. Eat them predominantly before and after exercise. By doing this you will guarantee they are put to use rather than idly hoping they are not stored as fats. As for the worst time to consume your carbs, it's certainly before bedtime. Since you're not doing any physical activity while you sleep, what you consume before bedtime will be saved for later use in the form of fat.

If you take the initiative, you can avoid the potentially harmful effects of carbohydrates, while still ensuring they provide the essential nutrients your body really needs.

Although managing your disease can be very challenging, Type 2 diabetes is not a condition you must just live with. You can make simple changes to your daily routine and lower both your weight and your blood sugar levels. Hang in there, the longer you do it, the easier it gets.

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