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whatisdiabetesmellitusPatient of diabetes can easily keep their blood sugar levels within a safe range by following  the diabetes diet.

Diabetes is a chronic metabolic disease where the body is unable to synthesize or properly use insulin, a hormone that facilitated transport of glucose inside the cells from blood. Improper glucose regulation can result in abnormally high blood-sugar level inside the blood. Persistently high blood-sugar level for a prolonged period can lead to serious health complications.
In such cases, healthy eating is the cornerstone to keep the blood-sugar level within a safe range. Diabetes diet, medically known as Medical Nutritional Therapy (MNT) is specially designed for a diabetes person. Diabetes diet may be used alone or in combination with anti-diabetes drugs or insulin doses for better results.

A registered dietician can help to formulate good diet plan considering certain parameters into account. Ingredients of diabetes diet can vary from person to person based on height, weight, age, sex, and physical activity of individual. Nature of diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure are other parameters that are also taken into consideration.

Mayo clinic highlighted why diabetes diet is so important?

Key points about Diabetes diet

  • Well-prepared and a nutritious way to control blood-sugar level and maintain ideal body weight.
  • Involve a healthy-eating plan based on important parameters.
  • Naturally rich in nutrients
  • Follow regular meal timings
  • Consists of eating smaller portion of food spread throughout the day
  • Involve eating a variety of nutritious foods in a moderate amount
  • Emphasize  eating fruits, vegetables and whole-grains
  • Cautious about when and how much carbohydrates to eat
  • Low in saturated fat and calories
  • Limit intake of sugar rich food
  • Limit alcohol use
  • Limit salt intake

Benefits of Diabetes Diet

  • Healthy eating plan maintains a blood-sugar level within a normal range.
  • Maintaining normal blood sugar level help to ward off future long-term diabetes complications such as eye, nerve, and heart and kidney damage.
  • Minimizes the risk of heart diseases and certain types of cancer.
  • Reduces anti-diabetes drugs or insulin dose
  • Minimises frequent chances of hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar) and hyperglycemias (high blood sugar)
  • Provide adequate nutrition
  • Help to lose weight

Experts suggest that weight reduction at least by 5 to 10% of total body weight can make an immense change in blood-sugar level.

Common Myths and facts about Diabetis and their diet

MYTH: Diabetes means NO to Sugar, avoid sugar at all costs
Fact: The diabetic diet guide suggest that person having diabetes  can enjoy their favorite treats if plan properly. You can enjoy your favourite dessert however; it should be 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 for any one including a diabetic patient should be an appropriate combination of protein, carbohydrates, and fats. Our bodies need all three to function properly. Thus balance each nutrient in your diet.

MYTH: say No to Carbohydrates, if you are diabetic.

Fact: Again, the key is to eat a balanced diet. The serving size and the type of carbohydrates you eat are crucial. One should opt for whole grain carbohydrates as they are rich source of fibres and also they took more time to digest, which helps to maintain blood sugar level more stable. 

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Diabetes Diet Foods-Foods that are recommended and avoided in diabetes person as per suggestion by mayo clinic and American Diabetes Association are...

Recommended Foods 

Recommended Foods

Health benefits

Examples

Fiber-rich foods

  • Control blood-sugar level
  • Reduces a risk  of heart diseases

Fruits,vegetables,nuts, legumes, whole-grain foods

Healthy carbohydrates

  • Increased good cholesterol(HDL)
  • Improved insulin sensitivity
  • Decreased blood pressure

Low-fat dairy products, fruits, vegetables, berries,legumes,whole-grain food, brown rice, peas, oat meals, whole wheat bread

Healthy fats

  • Monounsaturated fats: Lower total and bad (LDL)cholesterol
  •  Polyunsaturated fats:

Fight against inflammation

Almonds, olives, walnuts, hazelnuts, avocados, pea cans and canola

Fish

  • Less in total fat, saturated fat and cholesterol
  • Rich in omega-3-fatty acid (heart healthy)

Cod, tuna, halibut, salmon, mackerel, herring

 

Foods to be avoided

Foods to be avoided

 

Ill-effects

Examples

Saturated fats

  • Raise blood cholesterol level

High fat dairy products such as cheese, cream,ice-cream,whole milk and animal products from beef, hot dogs, sausages, and bacon

Trans fats

  • Raise bad cholesterol and lower good cholesterol

Processed foods, backed products ,stick margarines and fast foods such as french fries

Cholesterol

  • Blood vessels blockage

(Atherosclerosis)

High fat dairy products and animal products such as egg yolk, shellfish, liver, meat and poultry skin

Sodium

  • High B.P.
  • Stroke and heart attack

(Must be less than 2, 000mg a day)

Salt and salted foodstuff

 

Various approaches for diabetes diet plan

The Exchange System
The exchange system classified the similar kind of foods into several exchange lists. One serving in a group is called an “exchange “, which has the same amount of carbohydrates, proteins, fats and calories and same effect on the blood-sugar level. You can exchange one food on a list for another food on a same list. Simply, the food can be interchangeable in an exchange system.

Counting Carbohydrates
Counting carbohydrates is a simple way to keep tracking on how much carbohydrates you eat daily. Amount of carbohydrates taken must be same on each day. The registered dietician can help you how to determine serving size, carbohydrate contents, measuring food portion and how to read food labels, so that you can determine the amount of carbohydrates from a foodstuff.

Glycemic Index
Glycemic index is a measure of how carbohydrate containing food raises a blood-sugar level. It helps to select foods. High glycemic index food increases the blood-sugar level and hence diabetes diet plan involves foodstuff with low glycemic index.

Thus, a care ful planning of your diet will definately help you to keep your blood sugar levels in normal range while allowing you to enjoy your life.

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References:

  1. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/diabetes-diet/DA00027
  2. http://www.diabetes.org/food-and-fitness/food/what-can-i-eat/fat-and-diabetes.htm
  3.  http://www.helpguide.org/life/healthy_diet_fats.htm

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  • Comment Link Madhav Kulkarni Thursday, 12 April 2012 15:06 posted by Madhav Kulkarni

    Diet alone is fit recipe for Early Diabetes say for people whose postprandial Glucose stays around 180mg% and hence not suitable for majority of diabetics in India who are either overtly diabetic & asymptomatic at diagnosis are already with complication/s and can not maitain healthy lifestyle.

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  • Comment Link Jeewanlal Gandhi Wednesday, 11 April 2012 18:03 posted by Jeewanlal Gandhi

    Diabetes being a metabolic disorder,major factor to cure it is diet Diet which needs less Insulin is anchor in treating this problem.Other factors like Stress,Exercise also are to be considered which directly are related to Life style changes.Holistic approach is needed to care such life threatening problems

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    very true dear doc ,according to naturecure we have to work on aahara ,vihara ,aachar ,vichar ,n upchar.whith the help of above any one can manage to control diabetes type two.as he learn to manage cronic metabolic disorder.

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