Diabetes Diet

Diet Is Most Important In Diabetes

Diabetes is a condition in which high level of sugar is found in blood which the body is unable to control. It is a life long disease. A proper diet, healthy lifestyle and exercise may be done to keep the levels in control to a large extent.

When we talk about the diet of a diabetic patient, it does not imply that this diet should be sugar free to control the sugar instead, sugar can be taken as a part of a healthy diet. To take the precautionary measure, one should cut down on sugar intake as it leads to weight gain, tooth decay and spoils the overall balance of the body which would worsen the conditions of a diabetic patient and is rather not good for any normal body as well.

Now the main question is what should be the diet of a diabetic?
  • Starchy food such as bread, potatoes, cereals, rice and pasta are food rich in starch as starch helps to keep the blood glucose levels steady. Whole meal and wholegrain should be opted.
  • Fruits and vegetables should be highly emphasized, as they are low in fat, high in fiber and have lots of vitamins and minerals in it; vegetables mainly dark green and deep yellow in color are beneficial. Intake of fruits should be distributed throughout the day as it has some sugar content in them to check the control of a sudden rise in blood glucose levels.
  • Increased amount of fruits, mainly citrus, with a variety is preferred.
  • Confectionaries should be avoided.
  • Milk and yogurt should be added to the diet plan especially those who are vegetarians. Milk should be skimmed and yogurt with its natural sweetness is recommended.
  • Other fats and alcohol can be taken but should be taken along with food and in lesser amount.

Apart from what and how much to take, timings are also equally important. Food and medicines should be taken at the same time daily with the same amount to keep the sugar levels in control on a daily average basis.

A dietician should be consulted before going for any diet plan as different bodies have different nutritional requirements.