Diabetes – How to Manage Diabetes with Diet

February 21, 2009 by  
Filed under Diabetes

Diet has the capacity to manage diabetes.

Those who are genetically disposed to diabetes will get afflicted no matter how less sugar they consume. Even otherwise, just consuming less sugar does not ensure adequate protection from diabetes. Diabetes arises out of a complex matrix of body conditions not deciphered by the medical research faculty yet. But yes, sugar in diet does have a role is causing diabetes.

It is well known that those who consume high levels of sugar in their diet are prone to be obese. The obese with large portions of their weight hanging around their waist are the ones who are the target of Type 2 diabetes.

It all boils down to a healthy balanced diet being suitable for everyone, those afflicted or otherwise with diabetes. A healthy balanced diet is one which consists of proteins, carbohydrates, fats, minerals in correct proportions. It should include grains, fruits and vegetables. It should also include fats and sugars in moderation.

Fats and sugars despite their harmful effects need to be consumed. Some fats are good which form good cholesterol and some are bad which form unhealthy cholesterol in the body. Care should be taken to select and consume the ones which form good cholesterol. Carbohydrates being the main element getting converted to glucose directly should be monitored with extra caution.

Fats weigh double in calories when compared to other components of diet.
Calorie intake should also be monitored. Tipping over the limit will lead to increase in weight which affects the diabetic more than others. The overweight among the diabetics need to consult a dietician to work out a diet plan customized to their individual conditions and not just reduce the overall food intake.

Maintaining a diary of daily food intake and glucose level readings whenever taken helps one analyse the relation between their diet and the glucose level in their blood. This helps in devising a personal diet plan to regulate glucose level in their body. A routine diet will help better regulate the glucose level in the body.

Some are advised to consume diet in small quantities more number of times over the day so that measured amounts of glucose is released into the body at a given time interval. Yet others are advised to take more of fibrous diet which takes longer to digest and thereby longer to release glucose into the body.

Working out a personalized diet plan, sticking to it in the present, allowing for gradual tuning in future, is the key to successfully managing diabetes. The repercussions of diabetes in future cannot be predicted but certainly curtailed through diet.