There are different reasons that people follow low carb diets. In addition to weight loss, a primary reason is to manage blood sugar blood glucose levels. Many of us follow a low-carb eating plan to keep our blood sugar normal and stable. To fully understand the connection between carb consumption and blood glucose, it’s helpful to familiarize yourself with how the body processes blood sugar in a normal state and how the process changes if someone has diabetes. Carbohydrates have a direct impact on blood glucose. All foods with carbohydrate —whether juice drinks, jelly beans, or watermelon—break down into simple sugars in the body. Even foods that we don’t consider “sugary” break down into simple sugars. The carbohydrate in most starchy foods like potatoes and bread is simply a collection of long chains of glucose, which break down into sugar in the body.
By Adam Brown. As a teenager, I ate a high carb diet that included lots of Goldfish crackers, white sandwich bread, pasta, and white potatoes. It was tasty, but it put my blood sugars on a wild roller coaster every single day. Things turned around in college when I learned about nutrition, got on CGM, and spent time with health conscious friends. I soon realized that eating less than 30 grams of carbs at one time was a complete gamechanger. But is this lower carb method actually better for my blood sugars, or have I just been fooling myself? To find out, I took on a somewhat terrifying self-tracking experiment. My carbs were primarily from nuts, seeds, vegetables, and a bit of fruit. My sources of carbs were NOT junk food: plain oatmeal, whole wheat bread, quinoa, wild rice, and fruit. Neither of these was unrealistic. To my utter surprise, both diets resulted in the same average glucose and estimated A1c. But there were major tradeoffs.
According to experts, in some cases, this is likely to happen. After 3 monthsI stopped doing keto because of it. Not so many. Many people avoid eating carbohydrates to help them lose weight. American Diabetes Association 5. Participants were followed for a median of 7. Schwartz M. Furthermore, there is a lack of high-quality long-term research documenting the benefits of a low-carb diet for the management of blood sugar. Colberg S. Saslow L.