A recent study has shown that eating carbohydrates last during a meal can help reduce glucose spikes in the blood. This is particularly important for individuals who are looking to manage their blood sugar levels, including those with diabetes or prediabetes.
The study found that when carbohydrates were consumed last, glucose levels in the blood were significantly lower compared to when they were consumed first. Additionally, when carbohydrates were consumed with protein and fat, glucose levels were even lower. (Reference: “The order of macronutrient intake alters postprandial glucose, insulin, and ghrelin in lean and obese young adults.” Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism, vol. 2018, Article ID 9054384, 12 pages, 2018. https://doi.org/10.1155/2018/
This is important information for individuals who suffer from diabetes or prediabetes, as high glucose levels in the blood can lead to a host of complications, including foot problems. High blood sugar can cause damage to the nerves in the feet and make it more difficult for wounds to heal. This can lead to amputations in some cases.
At Tievsky Podiatry, located in Fair Lawn, New Jersey, we understand the importance of managing blood sugar levels in order to maintain good foot health. If you are struggling with diabetes or prediabetes, we recommend speaking with your healthcare provider about incorporating this strategy into your meal planning. In addition, we recommend that you schedule regular appointments with our office to monitor your foot health and catch any problems early on.
We also recommend that you keep in mind that this study is not conclusive and you should always consult your doctor or dietitian for personalized recommendations based on your medical history and current health status.