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Use glycemic index to help control blood sugar

August 13, 2012
  • By Patrick J. Skerrett, Former Executive Editor, Harvard Health

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Patrick J. Skerrett, Former Executive Editor, Harvard Health

Pat Skerrett is the editor of STAT's First Opinion and host of the First Opinion podcast. He is the former editor of the Harvard Health blog and former Executive Editor of Harvard Health Publishing. Before that, he was editor of … See Full Bio
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October 11, 2012

I’m not sure where you are getting your info, but great topic. I needs to spend some time learning much more or understanding more. Thanks for wonderful info I was looking for this information for my mission.

Manik Dattagupta
September 25, 2012

Good research and genuine facts presented with stunning simplicity .

Chicago Family Law
September 6, 2012

Definitely great advice to cut back on the carbs, as those are a hidden source of blood sugar spikes. interesting info to keep in mind.

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September 1, 2012

Eating to much sugar for me always makes me crash later on.

Jen McDonough
August 30, 2012

Thank you for posting this insightful blog. This will give people information on what food/s to avoid especially those who have diabetes.
Jen McDonough

Carpet Cleaner Clarence
August 23, 2012

The biggest change i ever made was removing sugary drinks from my daily routine. Now its water or 0 sugar flavored water

Nina Reed
August 23, 2012

One error. The article says: “Swap low glycemic index foods for high ones.” It should read exactly the opposite – i.e. eat MORE low GI foods, stop eating high GI foods.

Two tips that work great for me: [1] broad beans – cook with rosemary, after draining add olive oil and parsley. [2] oat biscuits – available in any UK grocery store.

I used to feel hungry all day long, eating lots of bread [GI index c. 70, even wholemeal], always voraciously hungry. The above two keep me going for a long time, I don’t even THINK of eating! And if I eat them regularly and watch what else I eat, I lose weight. Without a hungry moment.

August 22, 2012

I have read that cinnamon with water and/or food can help reduce blood sugar levels. If so, how often should it be used ?

August 18, 2012

keep d gd work u are doin, by enlightin people on their health.

August 15, 2012

Use glycemic index to help control blood sugar

peter franklin robinson
August 14, 2012

Sir/Madam, White Long Grain and Basmati Rice G.I.(50-58)are lower than Medium grain white and brown Rice; G.I.(83-87). Ref:New Zealand Healthy Food,July 2005:68-69.

Marg | Spa
August 14, 2012

Very easy to follow reading. Kind of makes me feel bad About how I’ve been haphazardly between-eating my body. Will Have The Necessary Adjustment to make for a more healthy food choices.

August 14, 2012

This information is very useful. So, people should have awareness on this to overcome from blood Sugar. Carbohydrates are main nutrient in bread, pasta, cereals, beans and vegetables. So buy them and eat. It is good diet and controls the problems.

August 13, 2012

Very easy to follow reading. Kind of makes me feel bad about how haphazardly I’ve been tre–eating my body. Will have to make the necessary adjustment for a more healthy food choices.

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