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    Carb Counting for Diabetics

    Brooke Slygh 04/12/2021
    Counting carbohydrates, or carbs, can help people with diabetes manage blood sugar easier. Counting carbs is important for people with diabetes because it can help them stay healthy, feel better, and prevent or delay diabetes complications.  

    The Deaconess Wellness team offers four educational videos on counting carbohydrates. From the basics of learning about foods that contain carbohydrates to choosing foods when you dine out, these videos provide step-by-step guidance on how to count carbohydrates to manage your diet. For the best results, the four videos below should be watched in sequential order.  

    Video 1:
    In this video, we will learn about foods that contain carbohydrates, proteins and fats and their effect on blood sugar levels. This will help control your blood sugar levels, improve your quality of live, and delay any diabetes complications.

    Video 2:
    In this video, we will learn how to count carbohydrates which will help make managing blood sugar easier. We will also learn how to read nutrition labels to assist you in making healthier food choices.

    Video 3:
    In this video, we will learn about carbohydrate recommendations that are best for you. We take a look at the difference between portion vs. serving size, and learn about the plate method. The plate method is a simple way to make sure you get enough non-starchy vegetables and lean protein while limiting the amount of higher-carb foods which have the highest impact on your blood sugar.

    Video 4:
    In this video, we will learn how to manage your blood sugar levels when dining out and review apps that can help track your blood sugar, insulin and nutrition intake. We will also learn about the importance of keeping a food journal, as it can help spot patterns in carbohydrate intake and blood sugar.
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