loss diet tips for diabetics
As a diabetic, you need to pay constant attention to your eating habits
and your sugar levels. You should also keep in regular contact with
your doctor or medical supervisor, in case your condition changes. In
addition, you may find it useful to follow the following guidelines.
1. In general, the
best type of diet to follow is a balanced low-fat diet
For more details, see Balanced Low fat
complex high-fiber carbohydrates a major part of your diet
Carbohydrates can be divided into two types:
These include: ingredients like sucrose, glucose or fructose, or foods
like sweets, candies, cakes, sweet drinks, jams.
Simple carbohydrates are rapidly absorbed
Result? They cause a sudden surge of sugar in your bloodstream which
can cause problems. So they should be avoided altogether, or eaten
in very small quantities.
Complex Carbohydrates (inc.
Also called starches, these include: whole wheat or wholegrain bread,
whole wheat pasta, brown rice, beans, oats, most vegetables and fruits.
Complex carbohydrates are slowly absorbed
Result? They help to keep our sugar levels relatively stable.
Note: If a small amount of simple
carbohydrate (e.g. jam/preserve) is eaten and absorbed with a quantity
of complex carbohydrate (e.g. wholemeal bread), the sugar in the simple
carbohydrate will be absorbed more slowly.
3. Drink alcohol
Ideally avoid it altogether. Alcohol behaves like a simple carbohydrate
and can quickly destabilize your sugar-levels. If you can't avoid
it, drink ONLY in moderation and NEVER on an empty stomach.
4. Learn about
Managing diabetes requires daily discipline.
By following a proper diet, you will make things a lot easier for
For the sake of your long term
health, you must not delegate the planning of your diet to someone
else. You must take an active role.
The only way to do this, is to find
out as much as you can about healthy eating for diabetics. Consult
your doctor or dietician. Visit your local library or bookshop. Search
the Internet for information.
a regular exercise plan
Exercise is particularly important for diabetics, as it
helps to regulate blood sugar levels. If you do not take regular exercise,
I strongly urge you to consult your doctor for advice about exactly
how much exercise you need and when you should take it.