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Nutrition Options For Diabetes

on July 28, 2012

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Nutrition Options for Diabetes

A person does not need to shed 50, 60 or more pounds to control glucose levels. The American Diabetes Association states that even losing a few pounds can help patients with type 2 diabetes.
In addition to choosing a nutritious solution for weight loss, a nutritionist will recommend a diet plan that aids in managing blood glucose levels. In some cases, the course of action is able to both lower sugar levels and promote healthy weight loss. Patients may even be able to lower their dependence on medication such as Actos. The popular diabetes drug has been linked to bladder cancer and heart failure. Several thousand Actos Lawsuits have been filed against the drug’s manufacturer.
The first nutrition option for a patient with type 1 or type 2 diabetes is a carb-counting diet. This particular solution can be used alone as a method to combat high sugar levels, or it can be used for an insulin regimen. When utilized solo, the patient selects foods that are low in carbs. Generally, this means that the person with hyperglycemia will choose whole grain foods and refrain from eating foods high in sugar, starch or other foods containing carbs.
If the carb counting coincides with insulin, so many units of the drug will be given based on the amount of carbs consumed. Typically, this is only used in patients with type 1 diabetes. Since carbohydrates are oftentimes a substantial portion of one’s diet, replacing the carbs with high-protein foods may be recommended; however, patients who have kidney problems in addition to or as a result of diabetes may not be able to increase protein.
Another nutrition option that works well for an individual who suffers from type 2 diabetes is using the glycemic index. Glycemic index diets use the scale as a reference for which foods have the greatest impact on blood sugar levels. The diet is a safe method for weight loss that has appeared to promote weight loss. It also has been used as an effective method for controlling blood glucose levels.
Eating healthy is a very popular recommendation for people who have diabetes. Well-balanced meals, along with fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains can assist with weight issues. Not to mention, eating healthy tends to cause one to remove foods that spike blood sugar levels for his or her diet.
Patients with type 2 diabetes will benefit from the fiber found within whole grains. This is because cardiovascular disease goes hand-in-hand with diabetes in many patients. Whole grains are known to assist with reducing cholesterol levels, states the American Heart Association. Cholesterol may increase as a result of diabetes, so these foods help to keep cholesterol levels down.
The key factor in this form of a diet is learning to eat in moderation. Although fruits like watermelon, cantaloupe and strawberries may taste delicious and be packed with vitamins and minerals, when a person with diabetes eats too much fruit, blood sugar levels may rise tremendously as result of the sugar fructose found within these foods.
Some patients may be prescribed a diabetes exchange list diet. These diets are especially geared toward controlling glucose levels rather than weight loss and ensure that the patient is eating a well-rounded diet of calories, carbs and other nutrients. The focal point of this nutrition choice is that all foods are categorized under a type, such as meat, milk or fat. The concept behind this option is that a person can exchange foods within a certain group, due to the fact that all of the foods within that group have the same effect on blood sugar. A person’s dietician will assist them in developing an exchange system ideal for his or her condition.


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