Diabetic Diet Plans
There are 18.8 million people living with diabetes in the United States. Diabetes is a chronic disease where the blood contains a high and unhealthy amount of sugar. There is no cure for the disease but with medication and adjustments to your lifestyle, you can live a long, healthy and productive life.
Throughout the years doctors and nutritionists have created food pyramids and meal charts for diabetic patients to follow, but the American Diabetes Association (ADA) have recently simplified meal plans, and suggest that portion control is a good place to start towards self managing your diabetic condition.
This is especially true for those diabetic patients trying to lose weight. The ADA also recommends eating a healthy amount of non-starchy foods, and decreasing your intake of starchy vegetables and meats. Large amounts of alcohol, sodium, trans fats, and beverages containing sugar should also be avoided.
Diabetic patients should also choose whole grain foods, as opposed to processed items. For example, using whole wheat spaghetti when your in a pasta mood, or cooking brown rice instead of white, can be very helpful in maintaining a desired sugar level.
As with many diets, planning your meals ahead is key to ensuring consistency and discipline in your eating.
Dried pinto or kidney beans should be included with meals because they are high in soluble fiber. Soluble fibers help with lowering cholesterol levels, which can be a leading factor in heart disease. People with diabetes have a higher risk of developing heart disease in their lifetime.
Just as for people who don’t live with diabetes, milk is an easy way to provide calcium and protein. It is better to drink 8-ounce glasses of low-fat milk, than whole milk. Yogurt is also a good source of calcium for diabetics.
Fish is also an important component to a diabetic meal plan. Health experts say eating fish two to three times a week, can decrease the chance of kidney disease, which is an added concern for patients living with diabetes.
Although following these simple dietary tips can assist in treating diabetes, you must have continued visits with your doctor to truly specify a meal plan for you and your exact medical condition.