Factors that affect your Blood Sugar Levels
1) Food (obviously)
As explained in one of my posts, the procedure of food digestion in the body is as follows:
🔸We eat/drink (mainly talking about carbohydrates)
🔹Food gets digested in the stomach and carbohydrates are broken down to glucose
🔸This glucose is now in the blood stream (in our language HIGH BLOOD SUGAR)
🔹As diabetics, our pancreas doesn’t produce enough insulin to get that glucose in the cells to be used as energy and to balance our BGL.
🔸Therefore we need artificial insulin or medications to aid what we lack in.
Carbohydrates is the most straight forward factor that affects our BGL and the easiest to control as well, because as a type-1 diabetic, you MUST know your insulin to carb ratio (knowing how to adjust that will be explained in a different post).
In one of my very old posts I explained the different types of carbohydrates (will probably repost it). But in short, there are two types, simple (fast release) & complex (slow release). As diabetics, you might need to know what type you are eating to understand when to inject accordingly.
However, researches showed that carbohydrates are not the only macronutrient that has an effect on our BGL, researches showed that protein can spike our BGL as well (not as vigorously of course).
How to know if protein has this kind of effect on you and how much is the spike? A simple “trial an error” (You are going to hear that phrase a lot as a diabetic, as everyone is different). Just while in resting mode, measure your BGL, have a scoop or 2 of whey protein (zero carbs preferably) and wait 30min-60min and measure again, monitor the difference, inject accordingly, keep a record. Done.
The full post explaining all types of carbohydrates in details can be found on https://www.keshred.com/carbohydrates-explained/ #shredabetic