Leila Cruikshank

Dietary Considerations

Do I have to monitor my blood sugar levels?

Yes. We will teach you how to use a blood glucose monitor to check your sugar levels at home. It is important to check that your blood sugar levels are normal because significant weight loss and a decrease in lung function have been shown to begin a few years before diabetes has been diagnosed. By monitoring your blood sugar levels regularly, we can catch and treat diabetes early on to prevent complications such as weight loss or decreased lung function.

How do I monitor my blood sugar levels?

A member of the CF team will teach you how to check your blood sugars at home by using a blood sugar monitor. As well, we will work with you to set-up a schedule so you will know when to regularly check your blood sugars during the day. It is important that you record all of your blood sugar readings and bring these and your monitor with you to clinic so that you can discuss the results with your healthcare team.

Do I have to follow a special diet?

No. You will still need to follow your usual high-calorie, high-fat diet (with no restrictions on carbohydrates or sugars) to help you achieve and maintain a healthy body weight. It is important to eat regular meals and snacks throughout the day to have a constant fuel source for your body. Monitoring your blood sugars to make sure they are near normal levels will help you to maintain your weight and stay healthy.

If I avoid foods that have lots of sugar, can I prevent diabetes from happening?

No, avoiding sugary foods won't make you less likely to develop diabetes or prevent you from getting IGT.

Is there anything else I can do?

It is important to be physically active. Regular exercise will help to move the sugar from your blood into your tissues and muscles to keep you blood sugar levels normal. Try to be active for at least 20-30 minutes three to five days a week.