ANCHOR LEAD: KNOWING HOW MUCH CERTAIN FOODS RAISE BLOOD SUGAR CAN BE IMPORTANT IN TYPE 2 DIABETES, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Glycemic index is a measure of how much certain foods raise blood sugar. People with diabetes should consume foods with a low glycemic index the majority of the time, a recent study found, in order to control blood sugar better. Christopher Saudek, a diabetes expert at Johns Hopkins, advocates a different approach.
SAUDEK: In practice, glycemic index is a very complicated approach. Glycemic index requires people to understand exactly which foods are considered high and which foods are considered low and how much of them you’re eating, and in our practice that’s not a very practical way to go about teaching a person a good nutrition plan in diabetes. In our experience the most important thing in treating type 2 is usually calorie restriction, trying to lose weight, trying to hold down portion sizes. :31
There are websites that identify the glycemic index of many foods as part of an overall strategy to manage type 2 diabetes. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.