Archive for January 5th, 2007

Foods To Eat If You Are A Diabetic

January 5, 2007

23543096601.jpgAs an endocrinologist handling patients with diabetes during these holidays is a challenge.  Keeping them on the right path in terms of eating what is right can be a daunting task.  A simple diet regimen should keep them at bay and prevent them from overworking their pancreas lest they will require insulin as a treatment once their pancreas fails.

This recommendation also holds true to siblings and kids of patients with diabetes and those paitients deemed at risk.  The source of this simple regimen came from the book published by the Cleveland Clinic Foundation – Diabetes: Eating Right.

It is important that once you are diagnosed to be diabetic or prediabetic is to always keep blood sugar as close to normal as possible.  And to do this , it’s important to follow the right meal plan… it should be a well planned and a well-balanced diet.

You will need to keep close track of the carbohydrates you eat since they have the most immediate effect on your blood sugar. Carbohydrates are in these food groups:

  • Fruit
  • Milk and yogurt
  • Bread, cereal, rice, pasta
  • Starchy vegetables

You should eat plenty of fiber since it plays a role in the digestive process, reduces heart disease risk, and can improve blood sugars. Choose from:

  • Fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Cooked dried beans and peas
  • Whole grain breads, cereals, and crackers
  • Brown rice
  • Bran products

It’s important to eat foods that are low in fat. Good choices are:

  • Lean meats. Bake, broil, grill, roast, or boil – never fry
  • Low-fat dairy. That includes cheese milk, yogurt
  • Low-fat vegetable cooking spray
  • Low-fat margarines and salad dressings

Avoid high-sodium foods, which can cause high blood pressure:

  • Salt
  • Boxed mixes of potatoes, rice, pasta
  • Canned meats
  • Canned soups and vegetables
  • Processed and packaged foods (lunch meat, sausage, bacon ham)
  • Salty snack foods

 Simple… Concise.. And Practical…

Remember, it’s what you put inside your mouth that counts!

Eating Right Can Make A Big Difference!

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