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Friday, 8 April 2022

Diabetes Mellitus Q 53

During the lecture, the clinical instructor tells the students that 50% to 60% of daily calories should come from carbohydrates. What should the nurse say about the types of carbohydrates that can be eaten?
    A. Try to limit simple sugars to between 10% and 20% of daily calories.
    B. Simple carbohydrates are absorbed more rapidly than complex carbohydrates.
    C. Simple sugars cause a rapid spike in glucose levels and should be avoided.
    D. Simple sugars should never be consumed by someone with diabetes.

Correct Answer: A. Try to limit simple sugars to between 10% and 20% of daily calories.

It is recommended that carbohydrates provide 50% to 60% of the daily calories. Approximately 40% to 50% should be from complex carbohydrates. The remaining 10% to 20 % of carbohydrates could be from simple sugars.

Option B: Because sugars provide no nutrition aside from energy (hence why they are often referred to as empty calories), people looking to lose weight will also benefit from eliminating sources of added sugar from their diet.
Option C: Simple carbohydrates are called simple sugars. Sugars are found in a variety of natural food sources including fruit, vegetables, and milk, and give food a sweet taste. But they also raise blood glucose levels quickly.
Option D: The NHS advises adults to consume less than 70g a day of sugar for men and under 50g of sugar a day for women However, people with diabetes will benefit from better blood glucose levels if sugar intake can be limited to lower levels.

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