A Diabetes Diet Plan
posted by Abe Tomco, MD | March 21, 2017
There are three primary goals of any dietary plan with diabetes in mind:
These goals are affected by the food we choose to eat, but they’re also affected by when we eat them. A healthy, diabetes-friendly diet includes three meals a day at regular intervals—this sort of scheduling helps the body regulate insulin and use it properly.
There are several types of food that are beneficial for a diet aimed at managing diabetes. Some foods fall under the “superfood” category. These foods have a low glycemic index, a ranking of carbohydrate-containing foods based on how it affects glucose in the blood. These superfoods are classified as such by the American Diabetes Association:
In addition to diabetes superfoods, you should also eat food that contains the following:
There are also different types of food you should avoid if you have diabetes. Most of these foods are similar to those that you would to avoid with a heart-healthy diet in mind, as diabetes increases the risk of heart disease and stroke.
Making big changes to your diet can be difficult, but there are a few methods you can use to help make an easier change:
If you have diabetes and are concerned about changes you need to make to your diet, speak to a dietician about your options.
“Making Healthy Food Choices.” American Diabetes Association. http://www.diabetes.org/food-and-fitness/food/what-can-i-eat/making-healthy-food-choices/?referrer=http://www.diabetes.org/food-and-fitness/food/what-can-i-eat/?referrer=https://www.google.com/
“Diabetes diet: Create your healthy-eating plan.” The Mayo Clinic. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/diabetes/in-depth/diabetes-diet/art-20044295?pg=1
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. You should always consult your doctor before making decisions about your health.