Healthy Eating for Diabetes
Many people who have been recently diagnosed with diabetes may envision having to endure a strict, lackluster dietary routine and the inconvenience of monitoring every morsel they consume for the remainder of their life. Fortunately, diabetes is very manageable and simply requires making healthy dietary decisions.
The key to managing diabetes lies in keeping blood sugar levels stabilized through proper nutrition. Diabetics should limit their intake of processed or sugary foods, which cause blood sugar levels to spike and increase the risk of developing diabetes-related complications. Processed foods are often chock-full of trans fats and refined carbohydrates, which increase cholesterol levels and contribute to high blood pressure, both increasing the risk of developing complications. Fruits, vegetables and whole grains provide the body with nourishment and allow the body to digest glucose slowly and consistently.
Diabetics are encouraged to eat often throughout the day to keep blood sugar levels from dipping too low, according to the U.S. Library of Medicine. Eating healthy foods throughout the day will keep you feeling full during the day and less likely to binge on foods that may elevate blood sugar too quickly.
As an added benefit of eating a colorful, nutritious diet, your waistline will shrink and reduce your risk of developing complications. Excess body fat forces all parts of the body to work harder, and inhibits the body's ability to properly use insulin.