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What Happens If You Skip A Meal When You Have Diabetes?

Consistency is key in managing diabetes. That means eating regular meals to keep your glucose levels stable.

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Consistency is key in managing diabetes. That means eating regular meals to keep your glucose levels stable.

Let’s consider what happens when you skip a meal.

First, a missed meal can throw off the balance between food intake and certain diabetes medications. This can result in blood sugars that are too low or too high, which can be dangerous.

A sudden drop in your blood sugar, for example, can result in dizziness, fatigue, and even fainting.

Second, chronic meal skipping can wreak havoc on your blood sugar control over time. It can lead to unstable blood sugar levels, making diabetes management more challenging and increasing the risk of complications.

So, what's a Microstep you can take?

Write down your daily meal plan. A written plan will help you stick to a regular meal schedule and hold yourself accountable. If it helps, block time on your calendar for meals. Making your boundaries public helps others understand that regular mealtimes are non-negotiable.
 

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