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What to eat for people with diabetes?

Updated on December 18, 2016

Diabetes is one of the biggest health concerns in today's world, with billions suffering from the same throughout the globe. Apart from that, as diabetes causes trouble to human heart, that can lead to heart diseases as well.

What is diabetes?

After we eat food items, the same is broken into glucose to be sent to the energy cells which, in turn, is used for producing energy to conduct our daily activities. Glucose is the simplest form of sugar and this resides in our bloodstream, unless the insulin released from our pancreas brings that to the human cells. In case of people suffering from diabetes, the rate of insulin release goes down or the released insulin is not able to lead glucose to our cells.

The good news is that by eating healthy foods, you can control diabetes and lead a long, healthy life. Wondering what foods to eat! Well, read on:

Carbohydrate is just fine

Many fear carbohydrates when they are suffering from diabetes. Well, just like everyone else, carbohydrate is essential source of receiving energy, minerals, fibers & vitamins - even for diabetic people. All of these are good for human health. You should have carbohydrates at a regular interval when you eat food, rather than having it all once in a single meal. Carbohydrate that you should have while suffering from diabetes can be found in whole grains, low-fat dairy, vegetables and fruits.

Easy Diabetic Recipes

Don't eat any Trans and saturated fat

Not all fat is bad for health, but Trans and saturated fats are. If you don't know, which food items to avoid, here is a list for you: processed meat, packaged food, fried items, fatty cuts of beef, poultry skin and sausages. On the other hand, healthy fat is abundantly found in mono and poly saturated fatty acids. Some good food sources for the same are: flax seeds, salmon, avocado, olive oil and nuts. This not only will keep your blood sugar levels lower, but, your heart will be in a better shape as well.

Moderate Sugar is good

Many may say that avoiding sugar altogether while suffering from diabetes is the way to go. They suggest using alternate sweeteners instead. However, these alternate sweeteners are not consumed properly by our body, are 700 times sweeter than sugar and increase our sweet craving. Obviously this doesn't sound healthy and the option for you is to start having traditional sugar, but at a moderate level. If you keep a check on your overall diet, you can have a bit of dessert as well, but obviously you cannot binge eat.

Foods to Include

Taking a spoon of vinegar before you start eating is good for your health as this reduces the spike in glucose and insulin after you have your meal. Cinnamon, on the other hand, doesn't only make your food delicious, but, it improves fasting glucose in people with type 2 diabetes. You can sprinkle it on your oatmeal, cereal, tea or snack. Finally, chia seeds are great source of fiber & protein and it is abundant in Omega 3 fatty acids. It is known to slow down digestion, thereby helping to keep the blood sugar levels at check. You can put chia seeds on top of your smoothie, oatmeal or cereal.

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Remember, certain dietary style will help you to keep blood sugar in check. However, if you can be healthy, many problems associated with diabetes can be taken care of automatically. A bit of workout every day will help you lose weight and even 10-15 pounds of lost weight can help you a lot when you are suffering from diabetes.

Apart from regular workout, eating consistently at regular intervals helps a lot as well. It is recommended to have 3 proper meals and 2 snacks throughout the day for fulfilling your dietary requirements.


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      Terrie Lynn 13 months ago from Canada

      You make some good points. My only issue is to keep saying suffering is annoying. I have issues because of diabetes, but most of the time I am living. Not suffering.