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Can Diabetics use Honey?


Diabetics can use honey in moderation as a sweetener in their diet.


However, it is a natural sweetener that has a lower glycemic index than white sugar and is rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Therefore, people with diabetes who want to consume honey should do so in moderation and account for the carbohydrate content in their meal plan.


It is important to note that different types of honey may have different glycemic indexes and effects on blood sugar levels. Raw, unprocessed honey may have a lower glycemic index than processed honey.


Here are some potential health benefits of honey:

  • Antioxidant properties: Honey is rich in antioxidants, which may help protect against oxidative damage and reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and Alzheimer's disease.

  • Wound healing: Honey has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that may help promote wound healing and reduce the risk of infection.

  • Cough and cold: Honey has been shown to be effective in reducing cough symptoms and improving sleep in people with cough and cold.

  • Digestive health: Honey may help improve digestive health by reducing inflammation in the gut and promoting the growth of beneficial bacteria.

  • Skin health: Honey has been used for centuries as a natural remedy for skin conditions such as acne, eczema, and psoriasis. It may help soothe the skin, reduce inflammation, and promote healing.


Here are some tips for diabetics on how to use honey in their diet:

  1. Use honey in moderation: Honey is a source of sugar and can raise blood sugar levels, so it is important to use it in moderation. It's better to limit honey to 1-2 teaspoons per day.

  2. Use honey as a substitute for other sweeteners: Instead of using white sugar, which has a high glycemic index, consider using honey as a natural sweetener in your diet. It has a lower glycemic index than white sugar and can provide additional nutrients and antioxidants.

  3. Choose high-quality honey: Look for high-quality, raw, unprocessed honey that is free from additives or contaminants. Processed honey may have a higher glycemic index and may contain added sugars or syrups.

  4. How to use honey: You can add 1 teaspoon of honey to your tea or coffee or lemon juice.

  5. Monitor blood sugar levels: Keep track of your blood sugar levels before and after consuming honey to see how it affects your levels. If your blood sugar levels rise significantly, it may be best to avoid honey altogether.

  6. Consult with your doctor: Before adding honey to your diet, it is important to consult with your doctor. They can provide personalized guidance on how much honey you can consume based on your individual health needs and medication regimen.


Dr. Karuturi Subrahmanyam, MD, FRCP (London), FACP (USA)

Internal Medicine Specialist


Kify Hospital

Danavaipeta

Rajahmundry

Phone : 85000 23456


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