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Diabetes what to eat

Diabetes, medically termed as ‘diabetes mellitus’ is one of the most common medical conditions all over the world and recent surveys show that there are about 16 million patients within the United States of America alone. Moreover, about 5.4 million of these individuals are completely unaware of the fact that they are suffering from the condition. The same surveys also show that the condition has increased in prominence over the last few decades and does not seem to show any signs of receding. Diabetes is a condition that will significantly alter the way you live your life and, as a result, in order to be able to treat it or figure out a way of living with it, it is important to understand the condition properly. Diabetes is essentially a metabolic disorder that is characterized by the body being unable to produce or properly utilize insulin (which is a hormone that is required by the body to carry out the conversion of sugar, starch and other foods into energy).
This lack of efficiency will cause the blood sugar levels to rise significantly higher than the optimum narrow bandwidth that it should ideally be maintained at. Diabetes is medically categorized into three main groups – type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes and gestational diabetes.  In the cases of the first two, the condition will have a significant effect on the patients lifestyle as a result of the fact that the glucose breakdown is stopped almost completely – resulting in the body using fat an protein in the production of energy. This causes the patient to lose a substantial amount of weight in the process and other symptoms such as polyuria, polyphegia and polydipsia are likely to become very prominent. In actual values of blood sugar content, a reading of anything less that 70 mg/dl is considered to be a case of hypoglycemia. Some of the other medical complications that are likely to arise as a direct result to uncontrolled and untreated diabetes include blindness, gangrenes, amputations and end stage renal disease – also known as ESRD. However, because of the fact that medical sciences have advanced so significantly over the last few decades, a number of treatment options have been developed and perfected to ensure that the condition does not affect your life too significantly. This does not mean that you take the condition lightly though, but simply offers you alternatives to ensure that you still lead a comfortable life.  When affected by diabetes, what to eat and your overall diet will play a big role in how your body deals with the condition. 

There are a number of diabetes diet foods and diabetes diet meal plans available in a number of resources such as the internet as well as the hundreds of healthy living books that you can find at your local bookstore. Primarily, almost all of the most highly recommended diabetes diet meal plans are likely to revolve around the principles of eating lots of vegetables and fruits (choosing from a variety of colors to maximize the variety of nutrition) as well as a lot of non starch based vegetables such as carrots, spinach, green beans and broccoli. Whole grain foods are always the better choice if the other option is over processed grain products while one should also try brown rice with stir fry or whole wheat spaghetti with pasta sauces. Non vegetarian dishes should be restricted to lean meats such as beef and pork products that have the suffix of ‘loin’ such as sirloin and pork loin while it is also highly recommended that you remove the skin from any chicken or turkey dishes prepared. 

Submitted on January 16, 2014