Type 2 Diabetes Diet

Scroll down to get an idea about what this diet for Type 2 diabetes is all about.
Our body is an amazing system. Within that system, there are so many systems with their nitty gritties and minute details. Take the digestive system, for example. Normally we do not give a lot of thought to it, except for the fact that we eat, it is digested and we get energy. We hardly think about what next or what happens within that system, unless of course you specialize in that field of medicine. Nevertheless the point was that it is a very intricate system and many things happen during the course of food digestion. One very important thing amongst that is creation of insulin for regulating the blood sugar level. If there is something wrong with insulin secretion, the blood sugar levels can rise leading to diabetes, particularly type 2 diabetes. In this type, there is insulin production but either the body is resistant to it or the insulin doesn't work properly. A proper diet can help things get back on track. Here is an elucidation of that!

Diet for Type 2 Diabetes

Low Down on Sugar
A cardinal rule to follow, is to have foods that are low in glycemic index and which would release energy gradually in the blood stream. This helps to keep the blood sugar levels stable. High glycemic index foods should be avoided, especially between meals, as that leads to a quick rise in blood sugar levels.

Carb'on' Copy
Complex carbohydrates, which is starch, found in beans, nuts, vegetables, and whole grains are healthier as compared to simple carbohydrates, which we get from sugar and fruits. The reason why complex carbohydrates are important, is because they are gradually digested by the body and steadily release energy for the body. Hence, they are very important in this diet.

A Fiber of Hope
Well, it is not just hope, fiber does, really help in controlling blood sugar level down. Fiber is basically that part of food which cannot be digested. However, it is important for proper digestion of food because it helps push the food along the digestive tract. Diets high in fiber lower the risk of obesity and weight gain, hypertension and heart disease. Fiber is important in this diet, as it delays the absorption of sugar in the blood, keeping a check on the blood sugar levels. It is a good source of vitamins and minerals too and helps in weight loss by reducing calorie intake. Therefore, it is mandatory to have good fiber content in a diabetes control diet. Primarily therefore, you are looking at having a good amount of fruits and vegetables.

Is it Fat or Proteins?
Low fat and low protein foods should be consumed by those suffering from type 2 diabetes. Fish, lean meat, soy, walnuts, seeds, poultry sans the skin and legumes are a good choice towards that purpose. In addition to that, using liquid vegetable oils that contain poly or monounsaturated fats is ideal to lower your 'bad' LDL cholesterol.

Foods Which are a No - No
There are some things which should be totally avoided or consumed at minimum. These foods to avoid with diabetes are -
  • Salt and seasoned salt
  • Boxed mixes of potatoes, rice, or pasta
  • No processed foodstuffs
  • Ketchup, mustard, salad dressings, other spreads and canned sauces
  • Pickled foods
  • Olives
  • Monosodium Glutamate or MSG (often added to Chinese food)
  • Soy and steak sauces
These are the foods, especially the processed ones which have to be consciously kept at bay. More so, having the things said above regularly and at proper time is important. Drinking a lot of water is essential for reversing type 2 diabetes.

Finally, along with the improving and making your eating habits better, it is necessary to indulge in exercise regularly. If you are not indulging in good amount of physical activity at least 5 days a week, it is essential to increase that level so that you burn excess calories and remain fit.

That's it! Take Care!
By Medha Godbole
Published: 8/7/2010
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