What you need to know about diabetes and diet

By jigsaw Latest Reply 2013-06-22 10:59:18 -0500
Started 2013-06-20 10:29:51 -0500

This is a clip from a link that I came across. These are some very basic tips that I live by. They can be modified a bit for the individual, but in general I believe them to be very accurate healthy tips. They are so basic, that many of us cannot see or believe the simplicity and purity stated here.
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Eating right is vital if you’re trying to prevent or control diabetes. While exercise is also important, what you eat has the biggest impact when it comes to weight loss. But what does eating right for diabetes mean? You may be surprised to hear that your nutritional needs are virtually the same everyone else: no special foods or complicated diets are necessary.

A diabetes diet is simply a healthy eating plan that is high in nutrients, low in fat, and moderate in calories. It is a healthy diet for anyone! The only difference is that you need to pay more attention to some of your food choices—most notably the carbohydrates you eat.

Myths and facts about diabetes and diet

MYTH: You must avoid sugar at all costs.
Fact: The good news is that you can enjoy your favorite treats as long as you plan properly. Dessert doesn’t have to be off limits, as long as it’s a part of a healthy meal plan or combined with exercise.

MYTH: A high-protein diet is best.
Fact: Studies have shown that eating too much protein, especially animal protein, may actually cause insulin resistance, a key factor in diabetes. A healthy diet includes protein, carbohydrates, and fats. Our bodies need all three to function properly. The key is a balanced diet.

MYTH: You have to cut way down on carbs.
Fact: Again, the key is to eat a balanced diet. The serving size and the type of carbohydrates you eat are especially important. Focus on whole grain carbs since they are a good source of fiber and they are digested slowly, keeping blood sugar levels more even.

MYTH: You’ll no longer be able to eat normally. You need special diabetic meals.
Fact: The principles of healthy eating are the same—whether or not you’re trying to prevent or control diabetes. Expensive diabetic foods generally offer no special benefit. You can easily eat with your family and friends if you eat in moderation.

7 replies

Nshawk4 2013-06-21 12:08:13 -0500 Report

I was recently diagnosed in hospital with diabetes. When I was going home the nurse talked to me about diabetes and said that the diabetes recommended diet is the diet that everyone should be eating. After reading what the diabetes educator gave me on a good diabetes diet, I believe this to be true. What a healthy nation we would be if we all ate smaller portions, unprocessed food, less
fast foods, more fruits and veggies!

Agree with these great tips! Thank you.

jigsaw 2013-06-21 20:45:15 -0500 Report

It took me quite a few years to find my way back to the basics in my attempts to compensate for my poor eating habits. I went through a few different diets, and tried different approaches, naturopathic and so fourth. Many things appeared to help, and I managed to keep my blood glucose under control most of the time. To make a long story short, a well balanced, nutritional diet with healthy food variety is the most important big key. It's amazing how many people are trying so hard to figure it out. I guess our society has become so accustomed to processed foods and junk foods, that many of us simply don't know how to maintain a healthy diet. I'm still learning more about it every day.

Nshawk4 2013-06-22 00:21:20 -0500 Report

Yes, jigsaw I agree with you and know it will take time. Actually I am not having any trouble adjusting my diet only can't seem to get the blood sugar down to normal yet. For other medical reasons I need to lose more weight (have lost 16 lbs so far), and due to being limited to what exercise I can do I think this is hindering my blood levels. However, I am determined to get these levels down. The door to learning is always open for me and learn something new each day.

jigsaw 2013-06-22 07:58:30 -0500 Report

I'm glad your working on your blood glucose levels. There are numerous ways to accomplish it in addition to exercise. Diet (food combinations), medications, and various nutrients and supplements to name a few. As long as one puts an emphasis on managing blood glucose, it's a win, win, combination for most. I've had situations where my blood glucose (bg) is well managed for a few years, and suddenly it begins to get out of hand. Typically, something has to be adjusted or modified with my meds, diet, or exercise routine. In some cases it was all three. No matter how frustrating or difficult it seemed, I have always found an answer, and a way to manage my bg. Most of the time, the answer was amazingly simple.
Good job on the weight loss by the way. Keep up the good work, because you will no doubt, accomplish your goals in good time!

Nshawk4 2013-06-22 10:59:18 -0500 Report

Thank you so much for your input, I appreciate all the help and information I can gather on this new journey in life.