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Is the glycemic index alone enough to determine the effect of carbohydrates on blood sugar?

d-r Angelina Nedyalkova

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27-08-2020

Title:Is the glycemic index alone enough to determine the effect of carbohydrates on blood sugar?
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27-08-2020
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Is the glycemic index alone enough to determine the effect of carbohydrates on blood sugar?


Description:Find out the answer to this important question.
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Is the glycemic index alone enough to determine the effect of carbohydrates on blood sugar?

The glycemic index is an indicator that shows only one side of the coin. What it doesn’t tell you is how high your blood sugar can reach when you eat a certain food. To understand the full effect of food on blood sugar, you need to know how fast glucose enters the bloodstream and how much glucose can be delivered from a single serving of food. That is why another unit of measurement has been created, called the glycemic load of food. It actually gives a more accurate picture of the actual effect of food on your blood sugar. Watermelon, for example, has a high glycemic index (80). But one serving of watermelon has so few carbohydrates that its glycemic load is only 5.

Some nutritionists believe that people with diabetes should pay attention to both the glycemic index and the glycemic load to avoid sudden spikes in blood sugar. The American Diabetes Association, on the other hand, says that the total amount of carbohydrates in a food, rather than its glycemic index or load, is a stronger prognostic factor for what will happen to blood sugar. Other nutritionists believe that focusing on the glycemic index and load adds unnecessary complexity to the patient’s choice of what to eat.

Which is best for you?

The approach to building your menu for controlling blood sugar and weight is individual, tailored to your lifestyle, preferences, and accompanying health problems. Your endocrinologist or dietitian can help you put together a diet plan that meets your needs.

That is why we have created this food navigator, with which we aim to make your choice easier. But in addition to controlling blood sugar, it is important to monitor weight control, because for both diabetics and people with prediabetes and obesity, maintaining healthy body weight is essential.

Do you have problems with your weight? What is the optimal weight for you and what measures should you take?

Use our body mass index (BMI) calculator to help you get answers to these questions.

For the author:

D-r Angelina Nedyalkova graduated in medicine from Medical University of Plovdiv in 2013. In 2014 she started working and specializing in the Clinic of Endocrinology at the University Hospital "St. George" EAD, Plovdiv. In January 2019 she acquired a specialty in endocrinology and metabolic diseases.

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