Crucial Diabetes Control: A Meal Plan
By following a meal plan for diabetes control. Diabetics will gain both long and short-term benefit due to giving your body the ability to maintain blood sugar. In turn, this will make you feel better and give you more energy.
For some people with Type II diabetes, a meal plan can help reduce insulin resistance. Insulin resistance is linked to excessive weight and heredity. If you are overweight, shedding just a few extra pounds can enable your cells to use insulin more efficiently. Simply eating the right amount and variety of foods at the right time will also help your body combat insulin resistance. Even before losing so much as one pound! This makes for great diabetes control.
Your diet is crucial in your diabetes control so you can live a happy, healthy, long life with few of the negative consequences of diabetes. Hopefully none!
When one has had diabetes for many years, the risk of developing complications increases significantly. Some can be life threatening. In the past, the onset of these complications was very common due to the lack of knowledge we now have.
The right meal plan can avert risks for both Type I and Type II diabetics. The worst and most serious complications now only occur in diabetic patients who do not learn how to control and work with their diabetes. They must do so via diet, exercise and avoiding health risks that come with diets high in saturated fat, salt and cholesterol. Food high in these substances increases the risk of heart and blood vessels. When you have diabetes your risk is increased. Practice diabetes control!
First and most important: Do NOT think of this as a “diet”. Your goal is to develop a healthy and lifelong eating plan to help you take control of your diabetes. This contribute to your optimum health.
When first developing your dietary plan, consult with a registered dietitian. The two of you will consider a number of factors in determining a personal eating plan you can live with. Other factors that should be addressed and taken into consideration in developing your meal plan are:
- Lifestyle. Your work/school schedule and exercise habits – or lack of them!
- Medication. Your dietitian will need to know what medications you are taking, the dosage and when the action of it reaches its peak.
- Weight goals. Yes, the dreaded weight issue. Whether or not you need to lose weight, gain weight or maintain weight will be factored into your personal plan.
- Medical condition. Any other medical conditions you may have need to be taken into consideration in determining what you should/can or should/cannot not eat.
- Food preferences. You will be asked what kind of foods you enjoy and if you follow any specific diet such as vegetarian, low carbohydrate, etc.
A Note on Pre-Diabetes
Health experts do not routinely recommend medication as treatment for pre-diabetes. Instead, some simple lifestyle changes are just what the doctor ordered. In a recently completed Diabetes Prevention Program research study, people ate healthier and exercised to lose five to seven percent of their body weight lowered their incidence of type 2 diabetes by nearly 60 percent. They lost weight by cutting back on fat and calories and by increasing their activity level, mostly by walking, to at least 30 minutes a day, five days a week.