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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 enjoyable.

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 diet.

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.

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Antrel Saccarosio is the owner and operator of Diabetes Know, a leading Internet portal for diabetes information. For more diabetes information and resources, be sure to visit: http://www.diabetesknow.com



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