Type 2 diabetes is a chronic progressive disease. Diabetes is a leading cause of death in most developed countries, but type-2 diabetes is responsible for 90-95% of diabetes cases. It’s a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease worldwide, approximately 50% of people with diabetes die of a cardiovascular event. One of the risk factors of type 2 diabetes includes obesity and diet.
But diabetics, just like anybody can really eat any type of food that they want. It really comes down more to portion sizes and balancing. A treat is okay once in a while, but you want to make sure that you choose snacks that are nutrient rich and excellent to eat if you have diabetes. Bedtime snacks are helpful in preventing low blood sugars during the night that may lead to elevated blood sugars in the morning.
For that, here are our picks of the best late night snacks for diabetes – just don’t forget to check your blood sugar before grabbing a bedtime snack to be sure it’s not elevated.
Nuts or Nut Butters
Spread it on whole grain bread for an inexpensive and tasty snack. If you choose natural peanut butter, you should avoid trans-fats and added salt. The Harvard Nurses’ Health Study discovered that women who eat peanut butter at least five times a week have a 21% lower risk of developing diabetes than those who seldom ate it. The same benefit was also seen with walnut.
Cheese is definitely a really good option because it’s low-carb. You can measure it on your scale to determine the amount of carbs that is suitable for you. If you don’t want to give yourself insulin, cheese is absolutely the way to go.
You can grab these snacks at a local healthy grocery store. It comes in a low amount of carbs and grams of fiber all together for a bowl of chips. It’s a natural and super tasty snack, with vegetables as the only ingredients, added with a little bit of oil and sea salt – that’s it!
A quick tip: budget your calories throughout the day and leave room for a 1 to 200 calorie snack at bedtime to prevent weight gain.