What food should my wife aviod and what food to eat to help lower her sugar. She is on Metformin.
If your wife's doctor prescribed Metformin, he or she should have also discussed diet options for her and/or referred her to a registered nutritionist for food and meal planning. But basically, there are two types of foods that your wife should be wary of: simple and complex carbohydrates. Simple carbs are pure sugary foods: sweetened foods such as cake, cookies and candies, sweetened drinks; and be wary of naturally occurring sweets such as fruits and juices. The other carb: complex carbohydrates are still carbs, but the body just breaks them down more slowly over time, and stores more of them as energy, but also metabolizes them as sugar, causing the body's blood sugar level to rise.
Complex carbs are in starchy foods, such as breads, pastas, and starchy vegetables (potatoes, corn and peas). These foods are an important part of our diet, but just must be counted carefully in order for your wife to not overload her system with sugars.
The important part of your wife's dietary plan is to know her blood level on a regular level (by testing... I'm hoping the doctor prescribed a glucose meter and strips for her) and then eating a nutritious, planned diet, counting the carbohydrates carefully and not going over her limit (whatever that is for her.)
If you go to www.diabetes.org -- that is the American Diabetes Association's website, there is a wealth of information there that can help you and your wife develop healthy diet plans. (It's not a bad way for anyone to eat, by the way! You could more healthfully, as well, and be a support for your wife at the same time!)
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