Diabetes Diet: What Can You Say About Diabetes Diets
A diabetes diet in my opinion, is whatever an individual put into his or her body as food. When individuals have being diagnosed with diabetes, they think that it is the end of the world for them as far as eating is concern. This includes all the foods that they have being enjoying all their lives. In some very special cases this may be true. Nevertheless,
what it actually means, is that diabetics now have to follow specific guidelines that their physicians have laid out for them.
This allows them to maintain a safe blood glucose level at all times.
It also means that they can still enjoy some of their favorite foods but only in strict moderation.
When it comes to treating your diabetes, monitoring your blood glucose will be determined largely, by the types of foods that enters your body. The reason for this is simple. When it comes to you making food choices that will help you with your diabetes management, it is a must that you know and understand how various food choices affect your blood glucose. You have to know and understand the glycemic index foods.
Video on creating a healthy diabetes diet
Nutrients the body needs to function normally!
In order for our body to function properly, it needs the right amount of supplements which includes the six essential nutrients to survive. This means that as diabetics, we have to ensure that our diets include foods that will provide these essential nutrients. The six required essential nutrients that a diabetes diet should have include:
The first three of these essential nutrients, provide very little to no energy at all but the body still needs them to survive. Therefore they will affect the blood glucose level in your body greatly. Nevertheless the carbohydrates, protein and fats that are consumed within a diabetes diet--will indeed affect the glucose level; thus, causing it to rise.
Whenever a meal is consumed by a diabetic person, it is digested and then broken down in the body where it provides the necessary energy for the body in the form of glucose (sugar). Although a healthy diabetes diet may contain other foods that are broken down into glucose for energy, carbohydrate is the one that will affect the blood glucose the greatest.
This means that as a diabetic you have to choose the right (best) carbohydrates. Hence, diabetics that want the right amount of carbohydrate in their diets, should work closely with registered dietitians or diabetes educators to achieve this.
This way they will be able to keep their blood glucose under control and at a safe level.
Proteins and fats will take a longer time to have any affect on the blood glucose.
Essentially as a diabetic, you need a good guide to proper planning, shopping, and cooking for all your diabetic meals--if you want to maintain proper control over your blood glucose. This will also help you with proper diabetes management. Ideally, maintaining good control over your diabetes illness, will help you avoid many serious complications that are associated with this chronic disease.
Protein which makes up another part of a diabetes diet, can be found in various kinds of meat, poultry, fish, dairy products and eggs. These types of foods are broken down into amino acids to be utilized by the body and just like carbohydrates and fats, there are good and bad protein.
Only about half of the amino acids are converted into glucose to be used as energy by the body. This process can take about 3 to 5 hours after eating, in order for it to have any type of affect on the blood glucose.
The last part of a diabetes diet, is the essential fats. Diabetics need this nutrient to help maintain good healthy skin and hair. Fats are utilized by the body to help in the transportation of the fat soluble vitamins. These fat soluble vitamins will be use as a source of energy--providing less calories are taken in through your diabetes diet.
As a diabetic, you should always pay close attention to what your main diet consists of because you want to limit as much of the wrong fats as possible. Fact of the matter is that--to much of the wrong type of fat, can block the action of the insulin hormone in your body.
This will lead to more severe diabetes complications, if your blood glucose was too continue to elevate to very unsafe levels. As a diabetic, it is your responsibility to ensure that a registered dietitian puts together your diabetes diet.
Suzette Kroll Barancik IS a registered dietitian
Suzette Kroll Barancik IS a registered dietitian- certified intrinsic coach and specialist in nutritional counseling. She is a senior staff member of the world renowned Canyon Ranch Health Resort in Tucson, Arizona. Suzette specializes in the area of nutrition relating to diabetes and heart disease.
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