Diabetic Food Choices
Contributed by: Antrel Saccarosio
While the miracle cure for diabetes hasn't arrived yet,
many are learning to control their lifestyle so that their
lifestyle doesn't control them. It becomes a challenge of
who is going to win.
Healthy habits are the most important friends a diabetic can
have. When the body doesn't produce its own insulin, or
doesn't respond to the insulin that is produced, then extra
precautions are necessary in one's daily life. While insulin
is often prescribed by doctors, healthy habits can lessen
the need for it, in addition to making life much more
Diet is the most crucial item for diabetics to control.
Learning the effects of different foods on the body, and
exactly how much of what the body can tolerate is important.
Sugar is what causes insulin to spike. And, starches can
create the same reaction as sugar. Working with a good
nutritionist to plan meals that are both appetizing and
healthy is one good plan. Other health issues or diseases
also need to be taken into consideration when planning one's
If overweight, it is important to aim at losing some of it.
However, there is a major difference between diet foods for
losing weight and the diet needs of a diabetic. These words
aren't interchangeable. Many companies are now producing
foods that will fulfill both types of diet. The main concern
in selecting what to eat should be controlling the insulin
levels, not in just controlling one's weight.
Diabetes controls every aspect of one's life. Even taking a
cough drop can be a problem because it contains sugar. Every
over-the-counter medication needs to be examined with the
sugar/starch content in mind. Fortunately, companies are
acknowledging that sugar is harmful to diabetics and are
creating many more options for them to choose from.
Several years ago it was impossible for a diabetic to find
a snack at a convenience store. Now, there are diabetic-
friendly crackers and cookies, TV dinners, and drinks.
Grocery shopping is no longer a painful challenge. The
difference has been created by the amount of attention given
to diabetes. With early diagnosis diabetics can live longer
and healthier lives now that they can more easily meet their
dietary restrictions. Right diet means putting off any long-
term damages of the disease.
Scientists continue to explore the causes and cures of
diabetes, and part of the improvement in finding foods that
are acceptable to a diabetic comes from this research. The
consequences of poor diet are serious - blindness, loss of
toes or limbs - so observing healthy eating habits is
crucial. Eating only what is acceptable is crucial, and
fortunately, finding these foods is becoming easier.
Antrel Saccarosio is the owner and operator of Diabetes Know,
a leading Internet portal for diabetes information. For
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