If You Have Diabetes, Small but Steady Dietary Changes Are Best
Small and gradual changes in your diet can have a huge impact on your diabetes as well as overall health. Don't strain yourself by attempting to make all the changes at once. Take it slowly and consistently move to a healthy lifestyle
- Slowly reduce the amount of highly refined carbohydrates.
- Increase protein and fiber in your plate.
- Start avoiding sweets as a stand alone snack.
- Gradually quit smoking and unhealthy foods.
Diabetes is a condition in which the body is unable to break down glucose into energy, either because of less than sufficient production of insulin to move the glucose or the inability of the body to use insulin effectively. In type 1 diabetes, the body attacks and destroys its own cells that produce insulin. Without proper amount of insulin, the glucose levels increase in the body.
People who are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes usually need insulin injections for the rest of their life as well as a change in their lifestyle to balance the blood sugar levels. Type 2 diabetes is where the body doesn't produce enough insulin or react to insulin-causing higher blood glucose levels. Symptoms of both types of diabetes can be effectively managed by gradual and consistent dietary changes.
Even the Smallest Change Matters
It may not be easy for you to change your diet or the lifestyle over night. In fact, you don't have to. All you need to do is to understand the importance of dietary changes for your health. If you realize how crucial it is for you to avoid certain foods, increase your physical activities and switch to healthy lifestyle habits, you will be able to gradually change your habits. High blood sugar is very harmful, so you should start reducing the amount of sugar and unhealthy fats you take in your diet.
Switch to Healthier Foods
Start moving towards a diet that is high in nutrients, low in fat, and moderate in calories. Gradually, increase the amount of protein and fiber in your diet and avoid unhealthy carbohydrates. You may have carbohydrates as well, but choose your carbohydrates wisely and stick to high fiber complex carbohydrates which help keep blood sugar levels even as they get digested slowly.
Say Good-bye to Sweets and Smoking
If you have a sweet tooth, you may not be able to just quit eating sweets right away. Instead, avoid sweets as much as you can from day one and when you really want to have one, eat your sweet with the meal and not as a separate stack. If you eat your sweets along with other healthful foods as part of your meal, it wouldn't cause such a steep rise to your blood sugar. Sooner you will be able to completely control your craving for sweets. Also, gradually move towards quitting smoking as it will boost your health.
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Source: Onlymyhealth editorial team Sep 23, 2014
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