Diabetes Mellitus is known to be one of the ten leading causes of death across the globe. In the US alone, statistics show that an estimated 21 million people or 7% of the population have diabetes. In addition, 54 million Americans have been diagnosed to have a pre-diabetic condition. In Canada, diabetes is known to be the 7th leading cause of death. These staggering reports were given by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Diseases.
But despite the fact that diabetes is a chronic disease, it is a relief to learn that the condition is manageable. According to the American Diabetes Association based on its landmark study conducted during the 2002 Diabetes Prevention Program, people who are in the pre-diabetic stage can lower the risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes through proper diet, correct physical activity and self-management education.
On the other hand, people with Type 2 Diabetes can keep their condition under control and avoid the serious complications by changing their eating habits and lifestyle. Indeed, our eating habits play a big role in maintaining good health.
The Diabetes Food Guide
What kind of diet is recommended for people with diabetes? Obviously, diabetics must carefully keep their blood sugar levels in check. To maintain a normal blood sugar range, calorie-intake must be carefully monitored.
Generally, foods that contain fat, carbohydrates and high sugar must be avoided. Because each of us have different caloric needs, people with diabetes are strongly advised to ask help from a professional dietician or nutritionist to follow a suitable diet plan.
Eating vegetables is definitely a must for everyone especially for people with diabetes. According to Dr. James Anderson of the Human Nutrition Research Center of the US Department of Agriculture, a diabetic’s diet should primarily include foods that are high in fiber and has the capability to lower bad cholesterol in our body.
Examples of vegetables that are recommended for diabetics are lettuce, tomato, soya bean, onion, garlic, bitter melon, Brussel’s sprout, etc. These foods are known to be rich in fiber, low in cholesterol, low in sugar, and highly nutritious. Aside from vegetables, fruits are also great sources of vitamins and antioxidants that our body needs.
A healthy lifestyle would mean being free from vices like smoking and drinking, and following a regular exercise regimen. Last but not least, self-discipline and positivity are important attributes not only for people with diabetes, but for everyone as well.