Friday, August 5, 2011
What to Eat if You are Diabetic-Diets for Diabetes?
With healthy changes to your lifestyle, you can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes. Changes to your diet and increasing your level of physical activity that will maintain a healthy weight are important steps to reduce your risk of diabetes.
With diabetes, the body cannot produce or properly use insulin, and therefore there is an increase sugar levels in your blood, also known as blood glucose levels. So a simple way to assist in keeping a consistent blood glucose target range is with diet and exercise. If you do not control your blood sugar, then complications with your eyes, feet or skin can occur.
Like most people, regardless of being diabetic, we are always trying to figure out what to eat. Sometimes, we don’t eat the best foods because we end up eating what is convenient instead of each what is good. However, diabetics need to be very cautious with their diets, and that mean you, Dad!
You should always consult with your healthcare team or registered dietician to discuss and plan your diet, so you can continue to be successful with the food you choose. Typically the diet will focus around,
· Eat smaller meal portions spread throughout the day will help maintain your energy and reduce any fluctuation with blood sugar levels.
· Keeping track of the amount of carbohydrates (carbs)-evenly spreading the carbs throughout the day will smooth out any spikes or lulls in blood glucose.
· Eat a variety of whole-grains, fresh fruits and vegatables for fiber with a goal of 25 to 35 grams per day. Fiber delays sugar absorbtion, binds with cholesterol which may reduce the bad LDL, prevents constipation, and make you feel fuller.
· Eat less fat to lessen your risk for heart disease. Select lean cuts of meat, low fat dairy products, low fat cooking oils.
· Reduce drinking alcohol.
· Use less salt, which can be tough because a lot of our foods contain salt, so one best way to make sure your food has less salt is preparing your meals yourself with fresh ingredients and herbs for better taste without salt.
· Limit foods with high sugar content, look for food with a Low Glycemic Index.
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