Dietary Restrictions for Type 2 Diabetics

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Feb 08, 2012

Diet plan for old manBeing one of the most common disease, type 2 diabetes is a chronic condition, which alters the way in which body metabolises blood sugar level. The body stops producing enough insulin and even does not respond to it properly. For people with type 2 diabetes, it is important to maintain normal blood sugar level or it may lead to dangerous health complications. If you are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, you must be aware of its dietary restrictions. So, here are some dietary restrictions you should follow for a healthy life.

1.    Various Types of Sugar

Make sure you eliminate items high on sugar from your diet. This includes sugar of all kinds (brown sugar, granulated sugar, fine sugar and coarse sugar), sweets, honey, liquor and even fruits, which have a lot of natural sugar in them. Limit the consumption of sugar as consistent high blood sugar puts you at a risk of severe health complications such as neuropathy, retina damage, foot ulcers, kidney problems and skin diseases. To maintain a normal blood sugar, consume nutritious food instead of sugary food, which is high on calories.

2.    Processed Food and Fried Food

Processed and fried food increase your cholesterol levels and with type 2 diabetes, this can cause serious complications to your health. Processed and fried food are high on calories and their regular consumption can lead to obesity, which can thereby, affect your entire body and give rise to heart attack or stroke.

3.    Artificially Sweetened Fluids

With type 2 diabetes, it is important to drink plenty of fluids, but make sure your beverages do not contain artificial sweeteners. Avoid packaged juices, sweet tea, cold drinks and regular sodas as they have high sugar content. Drink plenty of water as it is sugar-free, fat-free and helps in the normal functioning of the body.

4.    Starchy Foods

Limit the consumption of starchy food, which includes potatoes, beets, parsnips, peas, wheat, rice, pasta, corn, white bread and other starchy vegetables. Starchy food items raise your already increased blood sugar level.

5.    Alcohols

If you indulge yourself in alcohol, make sure you also maintain a healthy blood sugar level. Alcohol hinders your body’s ability to produce glucose and thereby, affects your blood sugar level. If consumed on an empty stomach, alcohol can result in an alarming drop in blood sugar levels.

Using the given dietary restrictions, you can prevent yourself from the dreaded consequences of type 2 diabetes. Keeping your blood sugar level in the required range can protect your body from severe damages. Consult a dietician for a balanced diet plan and maintain a life free of type 2 diabetes complications.


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