How do we control diabetes with food?
A Chinese physician told me that
if we know what to eat,
we can control our diabetes without even taking medicine.
This article can be a good guide:
Diabetic Diet Plan -
Controlling Diabetes With Diet
Diabetes is often described as a metabolic
disorder. This is
because it is concerned with processing the foods that we eat
(or in the case of diabetes being unable to process the foods).
As glucose is absorbed into the bloodstream from the food we
consume, the hormone insulin is secreted to facilitate the
conversion of glucose to energy for the body's cells. In doing
this the glucose level in the blood reduces. This does not occur
in diabetics because the disease affects the functioning of insulin.
High levels of glucose in the blood aren't good
for the health and
mean that the body cannot get the energy it needs. The disease
has three distinct types - type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes.
Type 1 is an autoimmune disorder whereby the body thinks the
beta cells that create insulin are harmful and destroys them.
Type 2 is a result of insulin resistance in the body's cells so that
the body does not respond to insulin normally. Gestational diabetes
is similar to type 2, except it occurs in pregnancy and normally
stops after pregnancy. There are various ways to treat the different
types of diabetes but universal to all is the use of a proper diet to
control the disease. This article will describe the general guidelines
for a diabetic diet plan.
Upon being diagnosed with diabetes, you should
consult a dietitian
who will cover what type of food to eat and quantities to consume
based on your individual characteristics, like age, size and sex. Once
you understand this information a diabetic diet plan is fairly easy to
The most important component of a diabetic diet
is the carbohydrate
intake. Carbohydrates account for most of the glucose that gets into
the bloodstream. You should aim to get 45 - 65 % of your daily
calories from carbohydrates. Complex carbohydrates are the best
type to eat because they release sugar consistently over a longer
period of time. Keeping blood sugar levels constant avoids mood
swings and is better for the body.
Eat vegetables and fruits. Try to get around 3 -
5 servings of
vegetables per day and 2-4 of fruit. These types of foods provide
essential vitamins, minerals and fiber. They are an important part
of a well balanced diet for anyone regardless of being diabetic or
otherwise. Fruits can contain some carbohydrates so be careful to
balance this out with your overall carbohydrate intake.
Proteins should be consumed by everyone as they
for the body to build, repair and main component of cells as cell
proteins. Typical foods like chicken, fish, cheese and tofu are good
examples of protein that can be eaten. They should form 15% of
total calories per day in 2-3 servings.
Dairy products like milk and yogurt are also a
part of a normal
diet. They provide calcium and vitamins like A and D. 2-3 serving
per day are recommended.
Fats and oils should be avoided or consumed the
least. They should
be around 5% of the total diet. These foods include things like butter,
potato chips, candy and sweet treats. No more than 20 - 30% of
total calories should be from fats.
more about a
diabetic diet plan at
http://www.diabeticdietsplan.com The site deals with diets and
eating healthy foods, and some common symptoms and conditions of
diabetes. Adrian Whittle writes on issues related to diabetes including
symptoms of diabetes,
insulin resistant diabetes and diabetic neuropathy.
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