Food for Thought: Food and Diabetes

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Food for Thought: Food and Diabetes

When you have diabetes, it is critical that you know how to manage it. One of the easiest ways to keep your diabetes under control is through changing your diet to accommodate your health needs. That may sound daunting, but it ends up being much simpler than it sounds. If you take it step by step, you’ll be eating healthier in no time.

Having a good diet is important because it needs to  be designed to control your blood glucose levels so that you do not dip too low or spike too high. Dieting can also help you to keep track of your weight. Excesses of fats and such create dangerous and transient spikes in your blood sugar that can be damaging to your health by damaging various organs. Here are some examples of what you should do when you are creating your new eating plan.

  1. Fiber filled foods. Fiber is a very good substance that can help increase your heart health while controlling blood sugar levels within your body. When I say that something controls your blood glucose levels, that means that it helps the level normalize and therefore you can avoid spikes and dips. Foods that have a high quantity of fiber include beans, peas, nuts, and anything with bran in it.
  2. Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. These are the fats contained within healthy foods such as avocados, olives, and nuts. Keep the consumption of these in moderation because they are high in calories and can contribute to weight gain. But, when ingested in the correct quantities, they can help lower your cholesterol levels and therefore help you stay healthier all around.
  3. Carbohydrates. Sugars and starches are different kinds of carbohydrates and when you ingest them, they are broken up chemically and become glucose in your blood stream. The best kinds of carbohydrates come from fruits, low-fat dairy products, and whole grains.
  4. Eat some more fish. Fish contain high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids and they help to keep your heart healthy while lowering the amount of fat in your blood. This helps you normalize your levels as well. Good fish to eat includes cod, halibut, tuna, salmon, and mackerel. Try to avoid fried fish and also fish such as swordfish and king mackerel because they contain unhealthy levels of mercury.

That may sound like a huge amount of information to ingest and remember. When creating recipes, it is difficult to remember what legumes (beans, peas, lentils, etc…) to include and what starches to cut. Once you get started, though, it becomes much easier. You will also find that your blood sugar levels change throughout the day between meals. When this happens, you will need to eat a small snack that can help boost your energy and glucose levels.

Some ideas for snacks include all-natural juice boxes, handful of nuts, and a couple hard candies. During the day, your blood sugar level tends to drop and therefore you need to eat something that will break down into sugars and enter the bloodstream as quickly as possible.

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