Diabetes is a very well known health factor in today’s world, especially with senior citizens. It’s important to know how to maintain it as well as know how to live with it. Here are some few tips and some advice on living with diabetes.
Maintaining a Diabetic Diet
Maintaining your diet while you are a diabetic is much more than just “watching your sugars.” Those who are recently diagnosed with diabetes should sit down and talk with a resisted dietician and go over their diet in detail to figure out a healthy, proper diet.
There are three different types of carbohydrates or carbs: Starches, sugars, and fiber. Foods that are high in starch include; noodles, corn, potatoes, peas, beans, and grains. Whole grains are much better for you because of all the beneficial nutrients, fiber, vitamins, and minerals that the grain has to offer. Sugar is a carb that will break down and enter your blood stream very quickly. Natural sugars can be found in foods such as milk and different fruits. For food products, such as canned fruit in syrup or cookies, sugar is generally added during the packaging process. Fiber comes from plants and is good for you and your body. It is another carb but it does not break down and turn into sugar. Eating fiber will help you to maintain good digestive health and will help you feel full and satisfied after eating while helping reduce your cholesterol levels.
Artificial sweeteners should be avoided with one with diabetes. Artificial sweeteners can increase one’s appetite which can then lead to obesity. Many artificial sweeteners are often sweeter than regular sugar.
The best thing you can do when you have diabetes, or anyone in general, is to drink lots of water. If you don’t prefer to drink water, unsweetened teas and coffees can help as well. You should avoid soda regardless of regular or diet. Eat fruit instead of drinking fruit juice because juice often contains added sugar and is deposited into your blood very quickly. You will also lose the benefits of the fiber that are in fruit when you drink juice rather than eat fresh fruit. Fat free milk is also a good source of Vitamin D.
The ADA (American Diabetes Association) recognizes the following foods as diabetes “super food”.
– Dark green leafy vegetables
– Citrus fruits
– Sweet potatoes
– Whole grains
– Fat free milk & yogurt
As we get older it becomes more and more crucial to maintain our health and diet, especially if you have diabetes. If you eat well and stay active, you will be able to live a long and healthy life. If you have questions on these topics or any others, feel free to contact us.
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