from Maria Collazo-Clavell, M.D.Click here to view the full reply on Mayo Clinic.
If you have diabetes, late-night snacks aren't necessarily off-limits — but it's important to make wise choices.
Late-night snacks add extra calories to your daily intake, which can lead to weight gain. And if you snack after your evening meal — especially if the foods contain carbohydrates — you may wake up the next morning with a high blood sugar level.
If you're hungry after dinner, choose a "free" food — such as a can of diet soda, a serving of sugar-free gelatin, five baby carrots, two saltine crackers or one vanilla wafer. Or swap the snack for a piece of gum or hard candy. These "free" foods have few, if any, carbohydrates and calories, so they won't contribute to weight gain or increased blood sugar.
If you take insulin or other diabetes medications and must snack before bedtime to prevent low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) during the night, talk to your doctor. He or she may adjust the dose of your med...
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