Can a Diabetic Eat Carbs to Prepare for a Marathon?

Carbs Diet Diabetic

Is it OK for a diabetic to eat carbohydrates in preparation for a marathon? This question has been asked in various forms and there have been many conflicting reports. First of all it is clear that a high protein diet is not suitable for a marathon runner as it will cause them to tired easily. More importantly it’s not recommended that a person with major health problems run a marathon. However that is beside the point.

The first thing to realize is that carbohydrates are important to the body. Without them the body is not able to function. So anyone who claims a diabetic should not eat carbohydrates is telling a half truth because all carbohydrates are not created equal.

Carbohydrate rich foods such as rice, flour are essential for vital health. However the type of rice or flour you eat will depend on whether your body is able to use it properly. For the diabetic, “complex carbohydrates” are perfect. In fact it is recommended that diabetics eat these foods as it helps to keep blood glucose levels under control. The types of carbohydrates that are bad are “simple carbohydrates.” These include refined foods, foods that have gone through length processing and foods that are void of nutritional value. These are digested by the stomach too quickly due to their lack of fiber and thus the glucose enters the blood stream at an alarming rate which in turns requires the pancreas to release large amounts of insulin into the blood stream to regulate the blood sugar level and prevent the diabetic from going into a coma.

So to answer the question, yes carbohydrates are fine as long as they are not refined. In fact more complex carbohydrates and less protein is the key to living a healthy life as a diabetic.

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