Anyone diagnosed with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes should take the time to discuss their dietary needs with their doctor or a nutrition specialist. They are well trained in understanding what you need in properly handling a balanced diet that doesn’t hurt your health while you deal with your blood sugar levels. The key is balancing your diet, chosen exercise, and your intake of insulin/oral medications to achieve and maintain healthy blood sugar levels. You need to stay within a normal range as much as possible to avoid seeing any symptoms or side-effects from prolonged high glucose levels.
There are tools out there to help you with planning out your meals. Some of these include:
- Plate Method
- Carb Counting
- Glycemic Index
There are even several sites out there now that offer you free recipes to aid you in your preparations to eat healthier. These are things you can look into even before consulting your doctor.
Consider these factors when looking into a healthier diet to aid in your diabetes control:
- Whole Grains
- Low Sugar Fruits
- Non-Fat Dairy
- Lean Meats
- Poultry (protein)