The Essential Diabetes Shopping List

Keep your blood sugar levels in check with these food suggestions.

The Essential Diabetes Shopping List

By Toni Gasparis

Certain types of foods are better for your blood sugar than others. If you are diabetic and struggle with finding the right foods to eat or if you have a family history of diabetes, check out these food suggestions for the next time you go to the store. Registered dietitian and author of the book Skinny Liver, Kristin Kirkpatrick has tips and tricks to make sure your trip to the grocery store is beneficial to your overall health.

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Diabetics don’t have to give up alcohol completely. However, the amount of alcohol consumed needs to be monitored. The same drinking guidelines should be followed for people with and without diabetes: no more than one drink per day for women, and two for men. Kirkpatrick recommends avoiding drinks with a high-sugar content – like juice – and make sure to continually hydrate with water throughout the day. Additionally, some studies have shown that coffee may be beneficial to helping with blood sugar control. Just be careful what you put in it as excess sugar, milk, and flavorings can cause an insulin spike.

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