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Diabetes Diet






Diet plays a significant role in controlling the diabetes. The diabetic diet may be used alone or else in combination with insulin doses or with oral hypoglycemic drugs. Main objective of diabetic diet is to maintain ideal body weight, by providing adequate nutrition along with normal blood sugar levels in blood. The diet plan for a diabetic is based on height, weight, age, sex, physical activity and nature of diabetes. While planning diet, the dietician has to consider complications such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels.

With respect to the above factors, a dietician will assess calories to be given, like scheming the carbohydrates, proteins, fats, type of carbohydrate, amount of fiber and so on.

Exchange meal plan is a diet program which balances the amount of carbohydrate that we intake per day. Glucose is a sugar released from carbohydrate so, if we want to control blood sugar we have to limit the consumption of simple carbohydrate. Carbohydrate foods are given as value per portion, known as the exchange. This plan helps us to decide on the type of food to be taken, the amount of food and also the time to eat. You can plan for more flexible meals as you get more knowledge about the diet for a diabetic, may be like the counting carbohydrate meal plan or constant carbohydrate. But there is no common diet that works for everyone. Nor is there any particular diet that works perfectly for any diabetic over a long period. While planning diabetes diet we should adhere to certain important factors, they are as follows:

  • Fiber should be at least 1.4 oz / day
  • Instead of 3 heavy meals, we should go for 4-5 small mid intervals
  • Replace bakery products and fast foods by simple whole cooked cereals, and don't eat carbohydrates 2 hours before bedtime
  • Consume fresh fruit and vegetables at least 5 exchange/ day

Diabetics always need to take care of their diet and also about the food they eat. Care has to be taken because all foods contain not only carbohydrate, but also some energy value. Protein and fat available in the food are converted to glucose in the body. This glucose has some effect on the blood sugar level, which has to be taken care of. Furthermore, you needn’t have to eat only the bland boring diet. Instead, you can eat more fruits, vegetables and whole grains. All it means is that you need to select foods that are high in nutrition and low in calories.


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by R.Anjan Date Added: Tue 13 May, 2008
Sir
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R. Anjan


by Richa Saxena, MSc. Nutrition, RD; Dietician Date Added: Sun 03 February, 2008
I would like to add something....A person with Diabetes has to make sure his caloric intake should not exceed his requirement and calories should also be distributed evenly throughout the day. A protein-rich snack preferably a cup of milk without sugar should be taken as a bedtime snack as studies have shown that it helps prevent hypoglycemia that usually occurs in patients at night.


by Angel DD Date Added: Sat 29 December, 2007
The fact says if you are suffering from diabetes, all your near and dear ones continuously warn you not to have sweets in your diet. Contrary to popular belief, scientific studies confirmed that sweets may not produce any harm if it can be used in a balanced amount in the meal plan. Although, different sweets affect blood sugar level in a varied fashion, but the total carbohydrate count matters the most. If you consider a small amount of sweets in your overall diabetic diet plan, it will not harm your health.
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by Dr.K.S.Aulakh FROM INDIA Date Added: Sat 22 December, 2007
THE GOLDEN DIET FORMULA FOR A DIABETIC PATIENT

LOW CALORIES,LOW IN FAT,HIGH FIBRE

1. WE RECOMMEND AVERAGE INTAKE OF 1500 CAL FOR AN OBESE DIABETIC PATIENT BUT IT MAY VARY FROM PATIENT TO PATIENT.
2. FAT INTAKE SHOULD BE BETWEEN 15-30 gm, THIS MUCH OF FAT HELPS IN BETTER ABSORBTION OF FAT SOLUBLE VITAMINS.3
3. FIBRE INTAKE SHOULD BE BETWEEN 30-70gm,HIGH FIBRE DIET HELPS IN
a. fibre absorbs water ,and there is feeling of fulness in stomach and the result is patient eat less
b. fibre diet takes longer time in chewing and again the result is patient will eat less
c. fibre diet checks constipation.
d. it helps in reducing weight.


by Dr.K.S.Aulakh FROM INDIA Date Added: Sat 22 December, 2007
THE GOLDEN FORMULA FOR A DIABETIC PATIENT IS

LOW CALORIES,LOW FAT AND HIGH FIBRE

WE recommend on an average 1500cal for a diabetic obese patient but it varies patient to patient.

FAT intake should be between 15-30 gms,as this much fat is essential to the body to absorb fat soluble vitamins

fibre intake should be between 40-70 gms,as it has may advantages
1. FIBRE absorbs water, so feeling of fullness of stomach is there and patient eats less
2.Fibre diet takes long time in chewing,again patient will eat less
3.It helps in loosing weight.
4.it checks constipation.


by sushma gupta Date Added: Fri 07 December, 2007
It is a good guide line for diet of diabetics. Usually people do not split their meals and do not give importance to fresh fruits and vegetables.You have also given amphesis on diet rich in fibers and clearly instructed to cut baked food which is rich in calories.cokes also be denied as well as hard drinks.

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