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Diabetic Diet

Diabetic Diet

The Diabetic Diet Essentials

The Diabetic Diet is a balanced diet for help with diabetic treatment. This diet helps with maintaining weight and controlling the glucose level in your blood. It will also prevent heart and blood vessel related diseases. This diet will differ from person to person depending on what type of diabetes they have.

A person with type 1 diabetes may want to focus mainly on matching their food intake to how much insulin they need. A person with type 2 diabetes may want to focus mainly on weight loss so they can improve their body’s ability to use the insulin it does produce.

You also want to space out your meals through out the day to avoid high or low blood glucose levels. Healthy eating while doing this diet includes limiting your intake of sweets, keeping an eye on when and how much carbohydrates you consume, consuming a lot of whole-grains, fruits and vegetables, and eating less fat.

What do you eat on the Diabetic Diet?

The recommended foods for the Diabetic Diet include foods with a low glycemic index, complex high-fiber carbohydrates (oats, cereals, legumes, whole grain products, dried beans, fruits, and vegetables), omega 3 (salmon, tuna, mackerel), omega 6 fatty acid (primrose oil), artificial sweeteners (aspartame, saccharin).

You want to try and consume 20-35 grams of fiber a day. Proteins should be about 12-20 % of your daily calorie intake, carbohydrates should be about 40-60%, and fat should be about 30-35% of your daily calorie intake. Try to eat poultry and fish more then red meat, try and eat fresh fruit rather than canned, you can enjoy fresh, frozen, and canned vegetables.

Keep in mind non-fat mayonnaise, ketchup, and mustard are also carbohydrates. You want to avoid the following while on the Diabetic Diet: refined and simple carbohydrates (white rice, white bread, sugar, sweets, honey), high fat foods, alcohol, and high sodium foods. Try to avoid fried foods, and mayonnaise-based dishes unless they use fat-free mayo, bacon, and egg yolks.

Who is the Diabetic Diet best for?

This diet is suggested for diabetics, it is not recommended for people who do not have diabetes since their glucose levels are already normal. It is also suggested that you do exercise to maintain your healthy, ideal weight.

What exercise is best on the Diabetic Diet?

Exercise will help burn calories, helping you to lose and maintain your ideal weight. It will also help your body to respond to the insulin and improve your circulation. Dieting and exercise will help reduce your cholesterol or high blood pressure lessening your chances of a heart attack or a stroke. Stress can cause your glucose levels to rise but, if you exercise this can relieve some of your stress lowing your glucose levels.

While doing the Diabetic Diet you want to try and exercise around the same time of day everyday for the same duration. You want to exercise at the minimum 3 times a week for 30-45 minutes. Some recommended exercises are walking, swimming and biking. You want to be sure to stretch for five minutes for and after your workout.



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