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Diabetes - Can A Good Diet Keep Diabetes At Bay?

Updated on February 16, 2012

Diabetes Diet - Can A Good Diet Keep Diabetes At Bay?

The medical profession today believes that a diet low in saturated fat, sugars, refined carbohydrates and processed foods can prevent a person developing diabetes and avoid the various life threatening complications linked with diabetes if they are already diabetics.

A diabetic’s body finds it difficult to process foods such as sugars and starches. Instead, these foods stay in the system and turn into glucose in the bloodstream because the body cannot process them in the normal way. When too much glucose is in the bloodstream the diabetic will experience a condition known as hyperglycaemia. Both Type I and Type II diabetics suffer from having too much glucose in their blood. Continual high glucose levels can have a disastrous effect on the kidneys, eyesight, and heart and blood circulation leading to amputations.

Diabetes Dietician

All diabetics are referred to a dietician who specialises in diabetes and the preparation of diets suitable for them. In addition, a diabetic will be prescribed to either follow a diet only or to take medication or insulin in conjunction with a diabetic diet.

The purpose of medication is to help the body process and break down sugars in the foods that are consumed. However, it should be borne in mind that just because medication helps to reduce sugars it is not a substitute for a proper health diet. In other words, medication does not give you the freedom to consume as many carbohydrates as you like. Rather you should become familiar with which foods are not beneficial and which foods can be eaten in moderation and freely.

The Glycemic Index Diet

In 1981 a new phrase was coined and The Glycemic Index was established. The GI rates which carbohydrates are bad for those with diabetes and provide a list of foods that are high, moderate and low in sugars. For example, white bread is a carbohydrate that is rated high on the list, whilst a slice of pumpernickel bread would be rated with a low GI on the same list. High GI Carbohydrates digest very quickly and push blood sugars up fast. Low GI carbohydrates digest much slower and keep blood sugars on an even keel.

Generally, it is difficult to completely avoid carbohydrates completely, so the answer is to familiarize yourself with the Glycemic Index in order to treat and keep diabetes under control.

So, can a good diet keep diabetes at bay? The answer is yes. It may not be a cure for those with Type I diabetes but people who have been diagnosed with Type II diabetes can, if it is not too advanced, control and even reverse diabetes through diet.

Consuming low GI foods and moderate amounts of good proteins any person with diabetes can live a longer, healthier life.


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      editorsupremo 5 years ago from London, England

      Thanks colverleaffarm. Agreed, diet is the key to preventing and controlling type 2 diabetes.

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      Healing Herbalist 5 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

      Diet can surely help Type 2. More people should know this.

      Great up...voted up, interesting..etc.

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      editorsupremo 5 years ago from London, England

      You are so right agreenworld, diabetes is a debilitating disease that causes great damage and can be fatal if left uncontrolled. Thank you for your complimentary comment.

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      Dawn A. Harden 5 years ago from CT-USA

      Very well written. Thanks for the hub and explaining the differences between Types I & II Diabetes.

      Great care needs to be taken because if left untreated,the results of diabetes can literally shut down organs and once damaged can never work the same again. Thanks you so much.

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      editorsupremo 5 years ago from London, England

      Thanks Susanm23b. I hope that the message that a good healthy diet could reverse early stage diabetes and prevent the onslaught of the disease gets heard.

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      susanm23b 5 years ago

      Great information on the glycemic index. I agree that everyone should be aware of this--it's a healthy way of eating! Thank you for mentioning the difference between type 1 and 2. Since type 1 is autoimmune, the only thing that will control it is insulin. Those with type 2 can possibly resolve their condition with diet and exercise. Hopefully your hub will help to motivate those with type 2 to take control of their condition. Great information :) Voting up!