It is essential to coordinate nutrition and diabetes to achieve optimal health in all those who live with this condition. Following a healthy eating plan will help keep blood sugar levels within the necessary limits.
Diabetes is a chronic condition that occurs when the pancreas fails to produce the necessary insulin, a hormone that regulates the amount of sugar in the blood. It can also occur with insulin resistance, which is when the body is unable to use insulin effectively.
Managing correct blood sugar levels involves balancing what you eat and drink, as well as physical activity and medications, if prescribed.
Nutrition tips for diabetics: Food do’s and don’ts
When suffering from type 2 diabetes, each person must plan their meals, to improve blood sugar control, this can be done with the advice of a nutritionist.
Among the factors to consider to control sugar levels are:
- Consume healthy fats.
- Cut calories.
- Balance carbohydrates at each meal.
- Include foods from all food groups.
After a diabetes diagnosis, it is normal for the question What can a diabetic eat? to arise. The key to nutrition and diabetes is to eat a variety of healthy foods that include:
- Fruits. Oranges, melons, apples, grapes, and bananas.
- Grains. Wheat, oats, rice, and quinoa. (Preferably half of them should be whole)
- Healthy fats. Canola oil, olive oil, and avocado.
- Dairy products. Skim or low-fat milk, yogurt, and cheese.
- Proteins. Lean meat, chicken, fish, eggs, beans, chickpeas, and tofu.
- Vegetables. Broccoli, carrots, green leaves, tomatoes, potatoes, corn, and peas.
Although it is possible to believe diabetes limits food for patients, the fact is that, with proper control of the medical staff and the nutritionist, the variety of foods will be quite wide, healthy, and rich.
On the other hand, even though there is no absolute prohibition, there are foods that diabetics (people living with diabetes) should limit their consumption:
- Fried foods.
- Foods high in saturated and trans fats.
- High salt (sodium) content.
- Sugary drinks.
- Candy, ice cream, baked goods.
- Alcohol, its consumption can be in moderation, up to a maximum of two drinks.
Meal planning around nutrition and diabetes can feel overwhelming at first. Solve all your doubts with your family doctor and nutritionist to lead a life that is not only healthy but also appealing.
At the ABC Medical Center’s Diabetes Clinic we can provide you with specialized care. Contact us!