Diabetes causes condition which can have harmful effects on your heart, eyes, and other organs. The risk of stroke and infections is increased, and you may experience low energy and high blood pressure. That’s the bad news. The good news is that managing your diet can go a long way toward relieving the troubling symptoms of diabetes. If you are overweight and are able to shed as little 10-15 pounds, it can improve insulin sensitivity and glycemic control, lower blood pressure, and even reduce LDL cholesterol and triglycerides.
The best diet to follow with diabetes is that which avoids dangerous spikes in blood sugar and allows you to maintain an optimum weight for your frame.You likely already know that diabetes means you need to be very careful about eating sugar so your blood glucose doesn’t spike to dangerous levels. Foods with a ton of added sugar but no nutritional value are the worst things you can eat. Candy, soda, fruit juice, and baked desserts also add to weight gain, which further exacerbates the problem. However, you don’t need to avoid sugar all together. The key is to satisfy the craving with fruit instead. It contains fiber along with natural sugar, which slows down the absorption of glucose. If you eat fruit with something high protein, you’ll achieve even better stabilization of blood sugar.
Refined starches are not healthy for anyone, especially folks with diabetes. The processing, or refining, strips whole grains of their fiber, vitamins, and minerals to make them essentially nutritionally void. These bad carbs break down into sugar in your digestive system, and will spike glucose levels. Avoid foods like white rice, white bread, and most pasta. Whole grains, on the other hand, are carbs that break down gradually. Foods like brown or wild rice, high fiber (low sugar) cereals, and whole grain breads are better choices.