An effective management of diabetes requires a healthy lifestyle, balanced diet for diabetes, exercise and weight control.
Diabetes is a condition of having a high level of sugar in the blood. However, having diabetes does not mean patients are completely restricted from eating sweet foods, it is still part of the overall diet plan.
Improved glycemic control benefits people with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Every percent of a reduction will reduce the risk of microvascular diabetic complications such as eye blindness, kidney failure and nerve diseases.
Points to remember in maintaining a Diet For Diabetes:
* Eat the same amount of food everyday
* Eat about the same time each day
* Taking medication at same time each day
* Exercise at same time everyday
* Choose foods from food groups of: starches, vegetables, fruit, meat, milk and yogurt
* Limit the amount of fats you eat
* Maintain amount of water to drink.
Here is a sample daily calorie diet for diabetes if you have 2,000 to 2,400 calories a day. This diet is suitable for a medium woman/large man who does a lot of exercise or has a physically active job, a large man at a healthy weight and a large woman who exercises a lot or has a physically active job.
— 11 starches
— milk and yogurt
— 4 vegetables
— Fats 5 max.
Talk to your dietitian to make a meal plan that fits the way you should eat, daily routine and your medications. Once you are use to what you can and can not eat, you then can decide to make your own plan, but make sure that you are aware of the calorie count of the foods you eat, especially fresh foods.
A diet for diabetes is not that difficult if you know what look for.