Monday, March 2, 2009

Eating Tips for Diabetics

Eating Tips for Diabetics
Almost 21 million people in the United States have diabetes. Managing diabetes requires looking at both diet, exercise and medication. For many type 2 diabetics, managing diet and exercising means no insulin or medication. Diet and exercise are absolutely crucial. If you are diabetic or you have a friend or a loved one that has diabetes, understanding nutrition is essential.

Always consult your doctor before you make any changes in your diet.

Never cut out all carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are essential for the energy your body needs. Talk to your doctor about the balance of carbohydrates in your body.

Never skip meals. Plan meals and have them within 30 minutes of your scheduled time. Skipping meals can be very dangerous to your blood glucose levels.

If you are feeling tired or run down, check your blood sugar level. Never assume that your blood sugar is too high or too low. Always test.

Limit your intake of processed foods and sweets. You can tell when foods are processed because their ingredient list is very long. Focus on eating whole grains, fruits, vegetables and lean meats.

Do not drink liquids that are high in sugar such as soda, fruit juice or coffee or tea with sugar. Drink water primarily.

Always ask your healthcare provider for diet tips. Test your blood sugar levels before and after each meal.

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