How to Eat with Diabetes
From the moment that your doctor tells you that you are diabetic, your entire life changes. You will find that you are going to need to sleep differently, worry about exercise, take medication, and change the way that you eat. For someone that has type 1 diabetes, you will find that eating the right foods and taking the right amount of insulin will give you the balance that you need with your blood glucose. In the case of type 2 diabetes, you may be taking insulin or oral medication to help you use the insulin that your body produces. In either case, a proper diet is a must to balance and maintain the diabetes.
One of the first steps is to find out what a healthy weight is for you. This is generally done by using your body mass index to calculate your ideal weight. It is a combination of your weight and height which gives you the amount that you need to lose. Knowing the amount of all types of foods can seem like the tricky part in the beginning. You are going to have questions such as how many carbs so should I have? Is there a right amount of fiber that I should eat? And you may want to find out about fruits and veggies as well. When you combine everything the right way, you will not only be able to lose weight, but your diabetes will be better controlled.
The amount of carbs that you eat each day should amount to between 55% and 65% of your daily percentage. This comes from the ADA, or American Diabetes Association. You may also find that it is recommended that you have between 55% and 60% as well. Carbs are an important part of your diet as well as giving you energy. However, you do not want to over do it and eat too many carbs. Your body breaks down the carbs and turns them into glucose which gives you energy, but too many will cause a spike.
When you have type 1 diabetes, there is no insulin production at all in your body so the glucose does not get used. Type 2 diabetics may have some insulin, but it is not enough to get the glucose where it needs to be. By taking the medications that the doctor prescribes, in both cases, and eating a healthy diet, you will gain the control over your blood glucose levels and your diabetes as well. You may even find that your medication could be reduced.
The amount of fiber that you need to eat may vary. Although it is a carb, it does not raise the levels of blood glucose and can actually lower them. It is just as important to get the right amount of fiber as it is to get the right amount of carbs. You can eat these throughout the day with fruits and veggies. Of course, don’t forget you can throw in some whole grains as well.