What is a diabetes diet?
A diabetes diet is structured in such a way that you are able to identify compatible foods for meals and at snack times. This type of diet should consist of meal plans that fit in with our own unique schedule and eating habits. The right meal plan will help you improve your blood glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol numbers while also helping to keep your weight on track. Whether you need to lose weight or remain where you are, your meal plan can help.
People with diabetes have to take extra care to make sure that their food is balanced with insulin and oral medications, along with exercise to help manage their blood glucose levels.
This seem sound like a lot of work, but your physician and/or dietitian can help you to create a meal plan that is best for you. When you make healthy food choices, you will improve your overall health and you can even prevent further complications from occuring, including heart disease, some cancers, and hypertension.
There are many ways to help you follow your diabetes diet. Some ways are following the Food Guide Pyramid, Rating your Plate, Exchanges Lists, and Carbohydrate Counting. They are all different, but hopefully one is right for you.