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Diabetes and the Glycemic Index

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What are the benefits of the Glycemic Index for people with Diabetes?
Individuals with both type 1 and 2 diabetes are inable to either produce or process insulin in their bodies. This causes blood sugar levels to rise extremely high with certain foods. The increased blood sugar can cause many detrimental medical problems. The idea behind the glycemic index is that by eating foods with a low glycemic response, individuals suffering from diabetes will be able to avoid some of the medical problems related to varying insulin levels. While more research still needs to be conducted, this could have many potential benefits for those suffering from the disease.

Leslie Selcke
University of Illinois
FSHN 120 Honors Project
Fall 2005