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Eating when not hungry can shoot up your Sugar Levels

The following information is for educational purpose only and should not be considered as medical advice. Consult with qualified healthcare professionals for personalised recommendations.

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A balanced and healthy diet along with exercise is important for everyone, but it is even more important for people living with diabetes for maintaining themselves.

Quality and proportionate eating can be a healthy habit if you do not exceed too many of your daily calories. One should not wait to extreme to eat situation when you are not hungry as it can lead to weight gain.

There are times when you don’t feel hungry, but still eat. Maybe because it just tastes good, or because body needs it. Either way, sometimes eating when you’re not hungry is okay and even healthy.

The relationship between hunger and blood sugar goes hand in hand. Some use to say, extra calories are bad for us, because they could lead us to become overweight or obese. But now there is another reason to avoid eating when you’re not hungry. It could drive up your blood sugar for surprising reasons.

Force eating can have adverse effect but people with diabetes sometimes must eat when they are not hungry to repel low blood sugar levels or to avoid possible side effects from certain medications. Though, eating in moderation should be encouraged than avoiding the meals.

It is quite common to lose your hunger but eat and drink as much and as often you are able, in order to give your body the nutrition it needs. A person with diabetes has essentially the same nutritional needs as someone without the condition. You can eat small and frequent meals split in six parts. A light breakfast followed by a light snack, light lunch followed by evening tea and light dinner and a snack before sleep is a good routine. It is normally advised to take 3 main meals and 2 snacks. If you don’t feel like having solid food try nourishing drinks also by adding healthy fruits in your diet. Thus, dividing total calories of the day is not difficult.  

There are many examples of people living with Type 2 diabetes who controlled their blood sugar levels by merely getting portion size right. Managing diabetes is all about discovering when and what to eat and enjoy which eventually affects your blood sugar levels and your overall health, including your mood. Living with diabetes is all about controlling the glucose level in the blood. Also, keep an eye on carbohydrate intake and learn to count them as it turned into glucose when absorbed.

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