A proper diet is important for everyone's health and well-being but that is especially true for people with diabetes. If your doctor has placed you on a restrictive diet to help control your blood sugar levels, CVS can help you find foods and nutritional supplements that are in line with your dietary needs. In this product selection, you'll find all the diabetic foods and nutrition options that are currently available for easy online shopping.
People with diabetes have too much blood glucose in their bodies due to a lack of insulin or an inability to use insulin properly. Increased levels of glucose in the blood can cause a variety of health problems and may lead to serious complications like blindness and the need for amputations. Fortunately, the risk of these problems decreases significantly when blood sugar levels are controlled. For most diabetics, treatment for the disease involves insulin injections and/or prescription medications as well as dietary changes. Diabetic food and nutrition products are made to complement common diet plans for diabetes.
Sugary foods can cause dangerous spikes in blood sugar levels and make it more difficult to control glucose even with medication and insulin. As a result, many diabetics need to reduce their intake of foods with added sugar or avoid them entirely. That doesn't mean that you can never enjoy a sweet treat again, though. Sugar-free candies, cookies and other snacks make it possible to satisfy your sweet tooth while avoiding natural sugars. These products are typically sweetened with an artificial sweetener like aspartame, sucralose, saccharin or acesulfame potassium or with sugar alcohols. Artificial sweeteners can also be purchased in packets or in bulk to add to recipes, coffee, tea and other foods and beverages in place of sugar.
Experts often recommend that diabetics consider the glycemic index when selecting foods. Foods that rank low on this system typically have minimal effects on blood sugar levels, while foods that rank highly can cause big increases in glucose and should be consumed sparingly or avoided. Low glycemic versions of some popular foods are available to help you continue to eat foods that you love that you might not otherwise be able to enjoy. There are also low glycemic bars and diabetic shakes available for meal replacements when you don't have time to eat a complete breakfast, lunch or dinner.
No two people with diabetes are exactly the same. As a result, a healthy diet for one diabetic may not be ideal for another diabetic. To get the best results from your dietary changes, it is important that you discuss your nutritional needs with your health care provider or a registered dietician. A dietitian or medical professional can give you advice about what types of food you should eat, how much you should be eating and which foods you should avoid. You can read the product descriptions and label information to find out if the diabetic foods and nutrition products are in line with the guidelines that your medical provider or dietitian have provided.