Prediabetes is a health condition someone is diagnosed with before it progresses to type 2 diabetes. This is when sugar levels are high, but not high enough for it to be type 2 diabetes. Out of the 88 million American adults that have prediabetes, 84-percent don’t even know they have it. It’s important for people to do everything they can to prevent worsening their health and progressing to type 2 diabetes. You can find out which lifestyle choices are linked to prediabetes by searching online.
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There are certain foods that can help keep your blood sugar levels low. Start an online search to discover foods and recipes prediabetics can start incorporating into their daily routine.
Here’s what you should know about managing prediabetes.
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What is the Glycemic Index?
It’s important for people with prediabetes to determine how certain foods will impact your blood sugar. To do this, you will have to find out where it falls on the glycemic index (GI).
The higher a food falls on the GI scale, the faster your blood sugar will rise. This includes foods that are processed, refined, and lacking in fiber and nutrients. The lower a food falls on the GI scale, the less your blood sugar will spike. Foods with high fiber have a lower rank. (You should also check out Foods That Can Help You Manage Diabetes).
Some foods that are lower on the GI spectrum are:
- Steel-cut oats
- Stone-ground whole wheat bread
- Non-starchy vegetables (ex. carrots and field greens)
- Sweet potatoes
- Whole wheat pasta
Refined carbohydrates such as white bread, russet potatoes, white rice, and juice should be limited because they are ranked high on the GI index. There are also foods that fall somewhere in the middle, like whole wheat bread and brown rice.
Avoiding foods that are higher on the GI spectrum is one of the best ways to manage your blood sugar. You can search online for prediabetic-friendly recipes and ingredients to start incorporating into your daily meals.