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FOODPICKER: Diabetes Q&A
Diabetes Q&A (Questions & Answers) allows people with diabetes to ask health professionals questions free of charge.

E-mail your diabetes related questions to:  diabetes@foodpicker.org

Q. Lately, I have had difficulty controlling my eating and my sugar has been elevated.  I find myself, always, hungry and most of the time ravenous.  I need some good advice.

A. Excessive hunger can be a symptom of hyperglycemia.  Other symptoms include excessive thirst, frequent urination, and blurred vision.  Talk with your physician about your elevated blood sugar levels and excessive hunger to evaluate whether adjustments in your treatment should be made.

After speaking with your doctor, you may also want to speak with a Registered Dietitian about including foods in your meal plan that keep you satiated (feeling full or satisfied).

Foods with fiber, protein, or fat tend to make you feel full for a longer period of time and may curb hunger.  Fibrous foods include vegetables, whole grains, beans and legumes, and fruits (whole fruits not juice). Lean protein foods include poultry, seafood, lean meats, and low fat cheese.  Heart healthy fats include nuts, olive oil or canola oil (use caution with fats especially if you are trying to lose weight).

Christine Carlson, MS, RD, BC-ADM, CDE
FOODPICKER® Nutrition Director


Previous E-mails to Christine (FOODPICKER® Nutrition Director)

A1c:  What should my A1c level be?

Acai Berry:  Is all the hype over acai berry for real, is it worth the high cost?

Alcohol:  Can I have wine with dinner?

Apple:  How many sugars are in an apple?

Carbohydrate:  Carbohydrate or calories?

Chromium:  Should I be taking Chromium?

Diabetes:  Can you reverse diabetes?

Diabetes:  Can you reverse pre-diabetes?

Dining Out:  We eat out a lot.  Could you give us some suggestions for Japanese and Chinese?

Dreamfields Pasta:  How does Dreamfields pasta count carbohydrates?

Fiber:  Which items are the best for fiber?

Flax:  Should I add ground flax seed to my meal plan?

Food Exchanges:  Can you explain food exchanges?

Frozen Shoulder:  Do my symptoms sound like frozen shoulder?

Fruit:  What is the difference between canned and fresh fruits?

Fruit Juice:  What can I drink instead of water?

Fruit Sugar:  Which fruits would be a better choice for me to eat?

Glucose Test:  My glucose tolerance test was at 105 - how high/low is that compared to acceptable levels?

Gluten:  Should I be eating gluten free products?

HFCS:  What's all the hype with High Fructose Corn Syrup?

High Blood Pressure:  What should I order when eating out to limit sodium?

High Blood Sugar:  My blood sugar levels have been running between 475 to 575.

High Cholesterol:  In addition to having diabetes I have high cholesterol.  What can I order?

Hunger:  What do you advise when I find myself, always, hungry and most of the time ravenous?

Margerine or Butter:  Why unhealthy margarine instead of butter?

Nuts:  What kind of nuts should I buy?

Olean:  Where I can buy Olean and what brands of food have it?

Pre-Diabetes:  What are Pre-Diabetes lifestyle changes?

Pre-Diabetes:  Newly diagnosed w/ Pre-Diabetes... where do I start?

Pre-Diabetes:  Do people with Pre-Diabetes have the same symptoms as those with Type 1 and Type 2?

Snacking:  How do I avoid overeating when I'm bored?

Stevia:  Are Stevia sweeteners safe for someone who has diabetes?

Sugar Alcohol:  What is the difference between sugar and sugar alcohols?

Tomatoes:  Will tomatoes cause an increase in blood sugar levels?

Type 2:  What should I do if I've just been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes?

Weight Loss:  How do I lose weight?

FOODPICKER® is a program designed to help people with diabetes make better food choices.  Our hope is that people consider the foods they consume and how they can burn them off with exercise for good health.  We embrace the guidelines put forth by the American Diabetes Association as well as the American Dietetic & American Heart Associations.  This website is completely free and brought to you by volunteers in the health care field.


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