Diabetic DietThe modern lifestyle in western countries means that we eat more readymade food, fast food, more unhealthy carbs, fat and sugar and this has lead to a huge increase in obesity and related diseases in the population. The UK was recently voted the unhealthiest country in Europe, with our diet of chips, saturated fat and fast food. Not to mention a very high alcohol consumption.
This unhealthy lifestyle can lead to diabetes in those who are prone to it. Experts say that 3% of the western world suffer from diabetes, either type 1 or type 2.
There are two types of diabetes, type 1 and type 2. Type 1 is often called childhood diabetes. The insulin producing cells are found in the pancreas and if there is a lack of these beta cells then not enough insulin is produced. This results in what is known as hyperglycemia or high blood sugar levels. In type 2 diabetics the cells in the body just donít react to the insulin.
Carbohydrates are very important for diabetics and thatís why in the eighties the Glycemic Index was discovered and is now not only an important tool for losing weight and staying healthy, but also for diabetics to control their levels of blood sugar.
Whether you have type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes or no diabetes at all, itís important to eat healthily. If you do have diabetes then the most important factor is for you to keep your blood sugar levels stabilized, especially if you are a type 2 diabetic who doesnít have to inject insulin. The Glycemic Index, is one way for you to do this. If you eat foods low on the Glycemic Index, then they will be digested more slowly and will not only make you feel fuller for a longer time, but will help keep your blood sugar levels stable.
If someone with diabetes wants to lose weight then they should consult a doctor and dietitian, who should work together, to devise a suitable die plan for them.
If, for example someone with diabetes wanted to lose weight then as with non diabetics, the diet plan would depend on the age, sex and height of the would be dieter. Of course, the reason for the weight gain should be looked into, as maybe itís health related or maybe itís because of another reason.
Breakfast: Fresh Muesli with apple and apricots
Snack: 100g grapes
Lunch: Barley and Mushroom soup
Snack: a low fat yogurt
Dinner: Chicken and artichoke salad
Snack before bed: an apple
It is unusual to eat three snacks in a day, but scientists discovered that itís good for diabetics as it helps their blood sugar to stay stable throughout the night. If their blood sugar levels fall during the night, then they wake up with low blood sugar and this condition is called hypoglycemia.
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