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Diet For The Diabetic Patients

Posted May 25 2013 2:00am

Managing diabetes or keeping blood sugar under control is no longer a major issue.  With a proper and balanced diabetic diet, you can easily keep your blood glucose under control.

  • It is advisable to eat 3 meals in a day which includes a proper healthy breakfast between 7:30 and 8 in the morning, lunch at about 12:30 to 1 p.m., and dinner between 8 to 8:30 p.m.
  • You should also have some small snack between 3 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Maintain a fixed schedule for all the meals you have during the day and most importantly, never skip a meal.
  • It is recommended you have consistent amount of carbohydrates in your diet throughout the day.
  • Diabetic Diet ScheduleYour has an effect on your blood sugar so be mindful of your diet and test your sugar before and after each meal and maintain a log to check for any variation in readings.
  • Fats are slow stomach emptying and they control the rate at which the blood glucose rises after a meal.
  • Oil, mayonnaise, cream, butter and avocado should be included in a diabetic diet.
  • On the contrary, proteins in meat, poultry fish, cheese, etc, cause the sugar go up due to its long digestion time.
  • The Dietary guidelines from American Diabetes Association strongly recommend the consumption of lower glycemic index cereal-based foods, plenty of cereal, bread, pastas and preferably high-fiber foods.
  • Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) has been proved effective in preventing diabetes, managing already existing diabetes and also in slowing the rate of developing diabetic complications.
  • For type 1 diabetes, breakfast should consist of 360 calories 52.5 grams carbohydrates):  1 slice toasted whole wheat bread with 1 teaspoon margarine, ¼ cup egg or cottage cheese, 1/2 cup oatmeal, 1/2 cup skim milk and ½ small banana.
  • For type 2 diabetes, eat a lot of vegetables and fruits.  Eat non-starchy vegetables like spinach, carrots broccoli and green beans.  Whole grain foods should be given preference over processed grain products.  Fish can be included in diet 2 to 3 times a week.
  • By having a proper meal time schedule and leading a healthy lifestyle, diabetes can be kept under check.
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