Diabetic diet

A diabetic diet needs to be followed by people suffering from diabetes. The diet focuses on reducing a diabetic patient’s intake of fats and sugar and increasing their intake of foods rich in fiber content. By following this diet, a person can manage his or her blood sugar levels; reduce the risk of heart disease and other problems caused by improper diet.

In a diabetic diet, those who are affected by Type 1 diabetes, need to food a diet plan which allows only 35 calories for every kilo of their weight. Persons affected by Type 2 diabetes, should be on a 1500 to 1800 calorie daily intake, so that they can loose weight. So, the diet plan that you devise with you dietician, will focus on including foods which fall within this calorie intake, to help you maintain healthy sugar levels.

In this kind of a diet, you need to focus on a low carbohydrate intake to reduce blood sugar levels to encourage weight loss. Whatever be the plan involved in the diabetic diet, it’s important for diabetic patients to understand the principle of how to count their daily intake of carbohydrates to help weight loss.  Another important factor to keep in mind is to eat the same quantity of food, at every meal, every day, to keep blood sugar levels stable.

Generally what’s advised is to include foods which contain starch such as bread, cereal, and starchy vegetables, have at least five different types of fruits and vegetables every day and seriously cut down on sugar and sweets.  For example if you are on a 1500 calorie diabetic diet, your breakfast menu may be something like this… two breads with 1 teaspoon of margarine, one fruit  and one cup of milk. Lunch can include 2 ounces meat, two breads with one teaspoon of mayonnaise and one vegetable.

If you need to go on a diabetic diet, you need to consult your dietician about your diet plan. Many people feel bad because getting diabetes means no sweets or sugary foods. Well, it is true, having diabetes means you should cut down on your favorite sugar foods, but you can with the help of your dietician opt for sweets and ice-creams specifically made for people with diabetes. Your dietician will take into account you lifestyle, medication, weight and any other medical conditions, to help create a diet that will help you to counter the problem caused by diabetes and still give you the happiness of eating good foods.

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