Diabetes and Eating Habits
There are many things that will have to change in your life once you are diagnosed with diabetes. Your eating habits are probably one of the biggest changes that you will need to make. The proper diet and nutrition plan is important in order to keep your blood sugar levels as normal as possible. When you have the right diet it is possible to keep your diabetes under control and prevent further medical complications that can be caused by a combination of diabetes and eating improperly. In order for the right foods to work you need to find the correct balance of foods as well as suitable exercise to go with the program of medications that your doctor has you on.
Keeping your blood sugar under control consists of the right diet (combination and amounts of foods that you eat), the correct amount of exercise, checking your blood sugar level often, counting the amount of carbs that you eat and keeping the stress levels in your life down to a minimum. For many, planning out their meals can be a big help in making sure that they are not eating too much or too little of something. As an aside, such meal plans often help with budgeting as well and allow you to try different food, which perhaps you may not have eaten before. The most important food to watch is carbohydrate. Foods rich in carbs have the biggest effect on the level of blood sugar (glucose) in the body. There are no special foods that you need to eat, you only need to watch the amounts and the types.
For many it is helpful to find snacks that are low in carbs. It is even important to count the amount that you have in your regular meals. Although we should all try and watch the amount of carbs that we eat, it is more important for those that are diabetic. Another thing that diabetics should become familiar with is the glycemic index of the foods that they are eating. This goes a long way when counting the amount of carbs that you are taking in. Understanding the glycemic index of food means you will know the difference between a simple and complex carb, allowing you to accurately calculate the amount that you are going to eat and what you are going to combine the food with. Experimenting can be fun with your food groups.
Fats and proteins do not affect the blood sugar levels so much however they do have an effect on the way that carbs get into the body. This is important to know so you can combine the right foods together. Sugar of course is something to watch as well. Alcohol is one question that many diabetics have. The good news is that you can have the occasional drink if the doctor agrees, but you need to monitor the foods that you eat for the rest of the day. It is also important to keep an eye on the amount of fiber and sodium in your diet as well. The perfect combination of all foods and nutrients combined can help to keep you healthy and maintain a healthy weight.
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