Previously Published on EatingWell.com – Can People with Diabetes Consume Sugar? You might assume the answer to that question is no, but what experts say should be a sweet surprise. Sugar is often considered a four-letter word when it comes to diabetes prevention and management. That, of course, makes sense, given that elevated blood sugar is the main marker for diabetes.
Yet what about the sugar that you eat? While many people believe that it causes diabetes, others think they need to eschew sugar from their diets completely. Fortunately, neither is true, and if you have diabetes, the good news is that you can fit a little sugar in your diet. Here’s how to do it safely.
How Sugar Impacts Diabetes
As a reminder, there are two types of diabetes—type 1 and type 2—and while type 1 means your pancreas can’t produce insulin, type 2 is where your body simply doesn’t produce enough insulin. “Not only that, but the amount of insulin your body does produce doesn’t always work as it should to help bring sugar, or glucose, into your cells to reduce overall blood sugar, something often called insulin resistance,” says Christa Brown, M.S., RD, LDN, a registered dietitian in Woodbridge, New Jersey.
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