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Diabetes Mellitus Diet Plan

Need advice on Diabetes Mellitus Diet Plan. Know anything about it?
(September 13, 2011)

Individuals who are on a diabetes mellitus diet plan are advised to ensure that they maintain an optimum weight by minimizing the intake of calories in the form of saturated fats and  are also prescribed clear guidelines for  the levels of blood glucose and the intake of carbohydrates. A diabetes mellitus diet plan will require the individual to consume foods that have a right mixture of high and low glycemic index foods and well as require them to exercise on a regular basis so as to maintain some control on the glucose levels. Similarly the diabetes mellitus diet plan will also require the individual to focus on the intake of low cholesterol and low fat foods. One should also include foods from the various groups such as vegetables, fruits, starches, milk, meat, yogurt and so on while on a diabetes mellitus diet plan. The quantity to be consumed will depend on the daily calorie requirement of the individual.

Submitted by N on September 13, 2011 at 11:46


Does eating sugar cause diabetes?

One of the most common medical misconceptions is that consumption of too much sugar is the root cause of diabetes. However, this is not true as the condition is primarily the result of the pancreas being unable to produce the required quantities of the hormone insulin – resulting in the level of glucose present in the blood stream to be too high.  Diabetes, in either of its forms, is known to be one of the most common conditions all over the world. Recent surveys show that as many as about 20.8 million Americans are affected by the condition with about 6 million not even being aware that they suffer from it.

Brown sugar is said to be a useful when suffering from diabetes. However, this is not the case and both white sugar as well as brown sugar should be avoided as much as possible because they both promote excessive calories within the body. This is known to be a major factor in the development as well as progression of the condition. When suffering from diabetes, you will need to significant alter the kind of diet you consume on a regular basis and it is highly recommended that you approach your doctor and consult him or her about any other adjustments you may need to make to your lifestyle.

Submitted by N on August 31, 2011 at 03:55


Can eating chocolate cause diabetes?

Nowadays a majority of  people of different ages are known to suffer form diabetes on account of poor eating habits, stressful lifestyles and in some cases even as a hereditary factor. Many people are curious to know if regular consumption of chocolate would cause diabetes or if chocolates and diabetes tend to go hand in hand. In such cases one should bear in mind that it is alright to consume an occasional bar of chocolate when one is suffering from diabetes. In fact there are also plenty of sugar free chocolates as well as chocolates that are specially designed for diabetics that are easily available today. However while consuming such chocolates, one should remember that such sugar free chocolates are sweetened by polyol which is a type of sugar which when consumed in excess can also pose to be a health problem. On the other hand, dark chocolate and type 2 diabetes are known to be a beneficial combination because dark chocolate contains flavonoids which are an excellent source of antioxidants that help in fighting diabetes. These antioxidants are help diabetics by destroying the free radicals which would have otherwise harmed their immune system. Dark chocolates and type 2 diabetes is also a healthy combination because the flavonoids help in neutralizing the resistance to insulin that would otherwise aggravate the diabetes.
Submitted by N on August 4, 2011 at 01:45


Does fructose cause diabetes?

It is always advisable to avoid fructose for diabetics because consumption of fructose can lead to heart attacks and other heart related problems. Regular consumption of fructose through sweetened drinks can also lead to weight gain, especially around the abdominal region. This can make a person’s body resistant to insulin and result in type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Consumption of fructose can lead to a reduction in the levels of chromium in the body. Chromium plays a vital role in passing glucose to the cells from the bloodstream and lower levels of chromium due to high fructose intake could result in an increase in triglycerides and LDL cholesterol which could impair the functioning of the immune system. Several studies have shown that fructose is more likely to cause diabetes as compared to glucose. On the other hand some studies have even shown a slightly positive relation between crystalline fructose and diabetes. Diabetics who consume more fructose as compared to other sugars have a lower concentration of blood glucose as compared to those on a normal diet. However in the case of diabetics it is always safer to stay away from all forms of sugar to avoid further health complications.
Submitted by N on July 30, 2011 at 02:05


Why diabetics eat candy?

Diabetes is a disease where the body becomes unable to control its blood sugar levels. Blood sugar is used as a fuel for energy production. Normally, the cells of the body can absorb this sugar and use it for energy production. However, diabetics suffer from problems with this absorption mechanism which leaves the blood with excess sugar. Diabetics are repeatedly told that they must avoid all sorts of sugars. However, the consumption of candy for diabetics is not such an issue as long as their blood sugar is within the control limits.

The real issue when it comes to candy for diabetes is the glycemic index calculation. The glycemic index is the index that judges how quickly a particular food raises the blood sugar of the individual. Those foods that are in the lower or middle part of the glycemic index can be consumed without much worry as long as one maintains a moderate level of consumption. High glycemic index foods should be avoided as well as binge eating. Diabetics may feel the need for sugar from time to time as their body reacts to the unusual blood sugar status. This is one of the reasons why diabetics eat candy.

Submitted by N on July 25, 2011 at 02:04


Diabetes Mellitus Diet Plan

Management of diabetes can occur by leading a healthy lifestyle, exercise, diet and medications. A regular check up of glucose level is also necessary. Drastic modification of the diet need not be done as the person can have food similar to his family members.

Before planning a diet plan there are certain principles that need to be followed:

Carbohydrate foods with low glycemic index are necessary. Maintain an ideal body weight and aim at maintaining a normal blood sugar level and lipid level.
Do not skip a meal and if possible have the meals at a fixed time as far as possible.
Low sugar and no sugar diet can be given. Artificial sweeteners can be used but under the advice of the doctor.
In case of hypoglycemic attack, a candy or a fast absorbing carbohydrate needs to be given.

An ideal body weight can be achieved according to the height. This can be followed by calculating the caloric requirement and break down of calories as carbohydrates, protein and fats.

The diet plan for the day can be made as follows:

BREAKFAST (8.00 a.m.)

2 pancakes made of whole grain cereals
2 Brown breads (unfrosted) with low fat spread
Porridge made of grains without sugar added

A glass of skimmed milk

MID MORNING (10.00 a.m.)

A fruit with high water content.

LUNCH (1.00 p.m.)

Soup made of spinach or mixed vegetables.
2 wheat pancakes
A vegetable preparation
A pulse preparation
Yoghurt (skimmed milk)


Skimmed with addition of a teaspoon of malted cereal
Sprouted salad
2 Fiber biscuits.


Natural fruit juice without sugar added

DINNER (8.30 p.m.)

2 wheat pancakes

A preparation made up of lean meat or vegetable

A carrot or a cucumber.

Submitted by A M on June 12, 2008 at 05:57


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