Carbohydrates, including starches and sugars, elevate your blood sugar levels. In response your body needs insulin to conduct the glucose into cells. For diabetics, it’s particularly important to maintain stable blood sugar levels. By learning how to scrutinize nutrition labels on food products, you can better manage your disease. For example, the food label will inform you of the amount of carbohydrates in one serving of a product.
You can hear more about reading food labels by watching this video. You’ll see a sample nutrition label and you’ll hear a simple explanation of the various components of it, including the percentage of the daily value of certain nutrients and the total amounts of various nutrients. If you need help planning a diabetes-friendly meal plan, explore the resources at your community hospital.
If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes in the South Tampa area, you can find the resources and expert care you need at Memorial Hospital of Tampa. Call our community hospital at (813) 873-6400 with your general healthcare questions or explore diabetes care topics on our website.