Colleen O'Connor PhD RD


Quick-Sugar Foods

If you are at risk for low blood sugar levels because of diabetes or some other health condition, you need to keep with you at all times some type of food that can quickly raise your blood sugar level. Eating quick-sugar food puts glucose into your bloodstream in about 5 minutes. Glucose or sucrose is the best choice…

Carbohydrates, Proteins, Fats, and Blood Sugar

The body uses three main nutrients to function— carbohydrate, protein, and fat. These nutrients are digested into simpler compounds. Carbohydrates are used for energy (glucose). Fats are used for energy after they are broken into fatty acids. Protein can also be used for energy, but the first job is to help with making…

Diabetes: muestra de formato de plato

Use estas imágenes para ayudarle a visualizar su próxima comida equilibrada. Muestra de un plato de almuerzo o de cena Siga estas pautas para el almuerzo o la cena : La mitad del plato tiene verduras sin almidón. Esto es alrededor del tamaño de su puño cerrado, aunque puede comer una segunda porción de estos alimentos…

Counting Carbohydrate Grams or Servings

Your doctor, registered dietitian, or certified diabetes educator may suggest that you use one of two ways to count carbohydrate in your diet. For both, 15 grams of carbohydrate equals one serving. Use the method that is easiest for you. Counting grams of carbohydrate. For example, if you want to eat 45 grams of…

Glycemic Index

Glycemic index refers to a food’s ability to raise blood sugar to a particular level within a given period of time. Glycemic index applies only to carbohydrate foods because they are the foods that most affect blood sugar levels. Some starchy foods have a high glycemic index. These foods may cause high blood sugar…