Diabetes Diet

The diabetic patient should consider meeting with a dietician or nutritionist to develop a diabetes diet with which the patient feels comfortable. The dietician can not only device a dietary plan that can help control the diabetes, but can also include provisions that will help the diabetic lose weight if that is recommended or desired.

The typical diabetes diet includes a specified number of portions from each food group. The diabetic patient frequently has the freedom to select foods from the food groups as long as they follow the portion guidelines.

 For example, if the diabetes diet specifies that breakfast needs to consist of one protein, one bread, one fat, and one fruit, the diabetic patient has the freedom to chose which foods they will eat to fill those specifications. Among the various options, they may chose to have an egg, toast, butter, and juice or toast, peanut butter, and an apple.

A typical diabetes diet includes two servings of milk, six to eight starches, three to four vegetables, two to three fruits, up to four fats, and four to six ounces of meat or other protein. These portions are often outlined into the meals and two snacks. The dietician can provide a wealth of information on how best to structure and fill the dietary requirements.

Following a diabetes diet becomes easier with time. The diabetic patient is likely to learn what combinations of food are most pleasing and most healthy for the maintenance of the diabetes. Consuming large portions of starch without protein will often cause a spike in blood sugar levels as a non-diabetic dessert would. Therefore, just avoiding sugary sweets is not enough. Fruit juice also tends to raise blood sugar levels more than a piece of fruit would.

The diabetic patient should feel comfortable asking questions and being directly involved with the development of the diabetic diet. If the diabetic patient has a favorite food, it can often be worked into the diet with the help of the dietician. Just because the patient has to follow dietary specifications to control the diabetes does not mean that the patient must feel deprived or hungry. The formation and following of a diabetes diet can be a rewarding experience.

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Are You Suffering From Diabetes?

According to the American Diabetes Association, in the United States alone there are 23.6 million people, or shockingly, 8% of the population, who have diabetes. That is a very shocking figure. And most of them are diagnosed with diabetes, in the last ten years.

Could it be due to the everchanging diets of the people? Could it be genetic and hereditary? I think all of the above.

Over the years, as people got more affluent, their diets change too. Everyone starts to be more occupied with work, studies and even leisure and they started to save time on their sleeping time and meals, hence lack of exercise and fast foods has become the ideal choice, and the rest is history. No offence to fast foods but we all know that too much fast food will gradually create more health issues. No details to be mentioned.

There is a Chinese saying, “Illness starts from what goes into one’s mouth while trouble starts from what comes out of it.” So it can be true that diabetes can be caused by the horrific diets of many type II diabetes patients.

It could also be passed genetically, there is also research evidence to prove that it may run in families too. So if either of your parents has got type II diabetes, you got to really watch your diet, sugar blood level and keep fit by exercising to help reduce the chance of getting diabetes.

Further read – http://www.tasteofhome.com/Is-diabetes-hereditary–