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Diabetes and Why It's So Important To Follow A Diabetic Diet
Following A Diabetic Diet
Stories of Diabetics and Problems
If you have diabetes, you really need to take heed and take this disease a little more seriously. I have 2 people in my family with diabetes, 3 friends, and a string of others that I know have it. Now, I'm going to tell you a few things that I personally know happened, and it's not that it is going to happen to you, but if you don't take care of your disease, these things CAN happen.
My mother in law is diabetic and she is a little more cautious, but not enough. She is now on insulin because she didn't do everything properly. One of my in-laws just passed away from diabetes only because she didn't know she was diabetic because she had other health problems as well, and she had to have her leg amputated .
I am not writing this to scare anyone at all, I am writing it because I have seen what diabetes can do "IF" you don't help yourself. It is controllable, not curable, but controllable. It is UP TO YOU on if you want to help yourself and eat right, exercise, and do whatever you can. A lot of people are diabetic. It seems like 1 out of every 5 people I met are. Being diabetic is serious, but you can still live a healthy, normal life if you just make some changes.
Taking Your Blood Glucose Is Easy
Being Cautious with diabetes isn't enough
My step-mother has diabetes and she didn't know it until she started losing her vision. For the most part, you can check your blood sugar regularly using the Glucose meters and watch what you eat. You must follow the diabetic diet if you want to control your disease and exercise.
Being diabetic does throw you into another category of more apt to get other conditions IF you don't take care of it. The Key to managing diabetes is to eat healthy balanced foods (Diabetic Diet), exercise regularly and take prescribed medicines on time.
How food affects diabetes
The food that we eat plays a major role in diabetes management because the food you eat and glucose levels are on the same "page." In other words, the type of food you eat can raise your glucose. Exercise and medicines reduces your glucose, but so does what you eat and you can't rely on medicine alone and eat what you want.
No certain food causes diabetes, but eating of some food and less of others can help you manage your blood sugar level. So, knowing like how much carbs, sugars, etc. in the foods you eat, can help you manage your glucose.
Lets just say a person that isn't diabetic eats a piece of fried chicken. Their body produces extra amount of insulin to manage the rise in glucose level. If you are a diabetic, there either isn't any insulin or not enough so that the "extra" glucose produced remains in the blood and raises your blood sugar. Basically, from what my mom tells me is that it's like a balancing act. After you eat, if you have ate something that raises your glucose, you have to figure out how to reduce blood sugar by insulin, medicines and exercise.
- A healthy Diabetes Diet includes wide variety of foods that is rich in fiber, low in calories and fat and includes vegetables, fruits and whole grains in moderate amounts.
A balanced diet divides what you eat into three categories
Carbs and fiber- Pasta and whole grain bread, etc.
Fruits and vegetables
Protein foods and dairy
If you are diabetic, you need to monitor your glucose closely. If you eat healthy, it not only helps manage your disease but also can help control other problems like:
- Improving your digestion that helps your pancreas which helps aid digestion
- Reducing your risk of heart disease or heart attack because it helps your cholesterol
Good management through a diabetes diet can help delay the progress of the disease and complications, which is the most important of all. It's so important to stay on your diabetic diet.
It HAS to be your way of life, not a choice any longer. Just think of it as a lifestyle and not because you have to. If you think of it as you have to and you have no other choice, (which is basically the truth) and you don't think of it as just a new lifestyle that you chose to take on, then you may feel deprived or not willing to do what you need to.
There are a lot of people out there with health problems and I'm not saying diabetes is any less of a problem than anything else. A health problem is a problem no matter what the situation is. No problem is worse than any other, especially when it comes down to it, it's YOU and not them. Please take into consideration the information I have provided you.
Finally- What can happen IF you DON'T do as you should? You could end up like my cousin who is laying in the hospital bed right now dying because she didn't follow the diet like she was supposed to. She figured she could do as she wanted, and now they are going to cut her leg off from the thigh down to try to save her life. It still may be too late.
Update: She passed about a week ago.
Please, I cannot stress enough, if you have diabetes, please take this seriously and do as you should to help control it. You do not want diabetes to lead to other cancers such as uterine, cervical, or any other type of cancers because of not taking care of yourself either. It doesn't normally lead to cancers, but if your system gets run down, it is another illness you don't want to have to tackle. You may read this story here about cancer (it's a true personal story I am very close to) Cervical cancer stories and information.
More Diabetes Informational Links
- Diabetes and Your Body
- Diabetes Education and Research Center
Philadelphia-based, non-profit organization supporting diabetes education and research since 1967.
- Diabetes Education Online
UCSF Diabetes Teaching Center provides comprehensive online diabetes information including self assessment quizzes. Topics from diagnosis to treatment for patients and providers.
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