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Diabetic Diet - Diabetes Mellitus

Diabetes mellitus is a metabolic hormonal disorder. It is caused when the hormone "insulin" produced by the pancreas starts playing truant in the body. The two major forms of diabetes are type 1(previously called insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM) or juvenile-onset diabetes) and type 2 (previously called non insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus(NIDDM) or maturity-onset diabetes). Both diabetes type 1 and type 2 share one central feature- elevated blood sugar (glucose) levels due to absolute or relative insufficiencies of insulin.

Diet in combination with insulin doses or with oral hypoglycemic drugs plays a significant role in controlling diabetes. Although eating right is important, it does not mean that one has to give up sweets entirely. Being advised the diabetic diet is nothing to be afraid of. It is neither a torture nor a nightmare; it can be a pleasure as well as an innovative journey.

Diabetic Diet

The main objective of a diabetic diet plan is to maintain ideal body weight, by providing adequate nutrition along with normal blood sugar levels. The diet most often recommended is high in dietary fiber (especially soluble fiber) and nutrients, but low in fat (especially saturated fat) and moderate in calories.There is no common diet that works for everyone.

Overall, a nutrition plan for a person with diabetes includes 10-20% of calories from protein, no more than 30% of calories from fats (with no more than 10% from saturated fats), and the remaining 50-60%from carbohydrates.

A diabetic diet plan also recommends eating regular small meals, up to 6 per day. Aim for moderate and consistent portion sizes for each meal or snack. Do not skip breakfast.

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Comments

andrewwalker Thursday, May 30, 2019

Most carbs come from starches, fruits, milk, and sweets. Try to limit carbs with added sugars or those with refined grains, such as white bread and white rice. Choose healthy carbohydrates, such as fruit, vegetables, whole grains, beans, and low-fat milk, as part of your diabetes meal plan.

LukasG Monday, December 3, 2018

I disagree with this post. Eating up 6 times a day with the macros that you have mentioned will definitely make the disease worst. You can't treat dietary disease with more food rich in carbohydrates.

shahkhan_4 Tuesday, October 5, 2010

WHAT ABOUT THE SEA FOOD SUCH AS FISH, PRAWN and LOBSTER CAN WE USE THE ABOVE SAID?

SalahuddinGunturi Thursday, February 5, 2015

Seafood – A Smart Choice For Diabetes.

kriti Friday, July 30, 2010

i have diabetes since 2 years but it has brought positive changes in me i have reduced my weight by 18 kgs by regular exercise and diet control as of now i am off medicines i have become more active and energetic if i had followed this way of life previously i would not have had this disease but better late than never

Gauravsharma10 Thursday, April 1, 2010

Diabetes is said to be a sedentary lifestyle disease as people seldom get time to exercise and the food they eat is not properly converted.
Types Of diabetes
Type 1 Diabetes – Your body doesn’t produce Insulin at all.
Type 2 Diabetes – Your body doesn’t produce the required amount of insulin.
Gestational Diabetes - You develop this at the time of your pregnancy.
Although Diabetes is not curable, there are some remedies to keep Diabetes in check
1.Do not skip meals.
2.Avoid foods having high sodium/sugar content.
3.Avoid smoking, Drinking, Non vegetarian foods and Sweets completely.
4.Have fresh vegetables like lemon, Bitter Gourd, Amla, Tomatoes, Cucumbers more in your diet
(Keep in Your Mind, The body needs more fibers and these vegetables are a good source of Fiber).
5.Try walking for minimum 3 – 4 kilometers a day briskly.

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