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Diet for Type 1 Diabetes

Diabetes is a condition in which the blood sugar or glucose level keeps on increasing because the body cells and tissues, due to lack of insulin, are unable convert this blood glucose into energy. Mounting blood glucose levels can lead to hyperglycemia and/or hypertension. You can avoid this by adopting a type 1 diabetes diet, exercishing and injections of insulin.

Simple carbohydrates are digested and absorbed and are used by the body quickly which rapidly increase the blood glucose level. The complex carbohydrates, such as starch and fibers are digested and are absorbed slowly. This causes a very slow rise in blood glucose levels, which never equals the ideal glucose level due to the absorption of simple carbohydrates, in the blood stream.

For a Type 1 Diabetes patient, a Type 1 diabetes diet which includes complex carbohydrates is essential. The glycemic index of a carbohydrate provides information about how fast it can increase the level of blood glucose, after it is consumed. The carbohydrates are assigned values from 1-100. The value 1 is assigned to the slowest acting carbohydrate. A dietitian can help you in planning a suitable diet program. The dietitian can calculate your calorie requirement by analyzing your work habits, pressure and your age, weight and height.

A list of foods that you can include in your diet which can help control the blood glucose level:

1.Fresh fruit

2.Eating fish 3-4 times per week can be beneficial as it contains omega 3 fatty acid.

3.Grains contain starch which is in the form of a complex carbohydrate.

4.Green vegetables in the form of salad green can be eaten as often as you want.

5.Dairy products like low fat milk can be consumed 2 to 3 times per day.

6.You can include meat, eggs, beans and cheese in your diet.

The proteins and fats in your diet don’t affect the blood sugar levels, but if you overdo your protein consumption, the liver converts it to blood glucose which can raise the blood glucose level.  Eating food too rich in fats for this reason is not recommended because fatty food can lead to complications such as obesity, heart attack etc.

Self control and strict discipline in following the advice of the doctor and the dietitian can enable you to lead a normal life. You can deal with diabetes mellitus, using the three pronged attack:

  1. Exercises

  1. Insulin and

  1. Following a Type 1 Diabetes diet (i.e. the glycemic index diet or    plan or a vegetarian diet.)

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Food Pyramid Source:  The Nutrient-Dense Way

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Example of a Nutrient-Dense Diabetic Food Pyramid

The CDC reported that the rate of new diabetes cases in the U.S. nearly doubled between 1998 and 2008.  Current studies in the Archives of Internal Medicine show U.S. Diabetics have doubled their spending on diabetes-related drugs - more than $12.5 billion annually.

Everyday ways to eat and act in a more health-conscious manner can help lower the costs associated with diabetes. 

One  suggestion includes eating more green vegetable-based nutrient-dense meals.  This alone can prevent and even help reverse the effects of diabetes.  (See food pyramid below.)

The second suggestion is regular exercise.  Exercises like yoga, Tai Chi and even brisk walking and strength conditioning helps significantly lower your diabetes risk, too.

A combined daily regimen of healthy eating and regular (daily if possible) exercise is an even more effective approach to preventing and/or managing diabetes.

A Healthy Food Pyramid for Diabetics

If you are experiencing constant thirst and frequent urination, extreme hunger, tiredness, blurred vision or loss of weight, then you should undergo the fasting glucose blood test, because these are classic Type 1 diabetes symptoms.

If your doctor diagnoses you as a patient of Type 1 Diabetes (also known as diabetes mellitus) then you need to understand that you will have to undergo a change in your life style. You can combat this health condition by acquiring professional advice, diabetes treatment and adopting a diabetic diet.


A Vegetarian Diet Helps People With Diabetes

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