What foods should I have on hand in case of emergency if I have diabetes?

First, keeping a good supply of drinking water should be very high on the priority list. Canned food can be a good choice as long as you choose varieties that are lower in sodium, such as no added salt canned vegetables, soups and beans. Canned tuna and chicken are also good to have on hand. Try to avoid high sodium foods such as canned pasta dishes.

There are also many good energy/protein bars on the market that are low in sugar and are also designed to minimize rapid blood glucose elevations. Examples of brands available include Extend bars and Glucerna bars/products.

Other excellent food sources include prepacked unsalted nuts as well as small boxes of dried fruit such as raisins. High fiber, lower sodium crackers can also be a very good choice—brands such as Wasa and Ak Mak are among those that can provide good nutritional value. There are even single serving containers of peanut butter now available as well, which can also be a great backup food in case of an emergency.

Last but not least, don't forget the can opener, hand sanitizer, plastic utensils and paper goods, and food/water for any pets that you may have.

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Diabetes mellitus (MEL-ih-tus), often referred to as diabetes, is characterized by high blood glucose (sugar) levels that result from the body’s inability to produce enough insulin and/or effectively utilize the insulin. Diabetes ...

is a serious, life-long condition and the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Diabetes is a disorder of metabolism (the body's way of digesting food and converting it into energy). There are three forms of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that accounts for five- to 10-percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes may account for 90- to 95-percent of all diagnosed cases. The third type of diabetes occurs in pregnancy and is referred to as gestational diabetes. Left untreated, gestational diabetes can cause health issues for pregnant women and their babies. People with diabetes can take preventive steps to control this disease and decrease the risk of further complications.

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