Principles of Nutrition
Diabetes Awareness: Signs, Symptoms and, Prevention and Nutrition
As a very young child, I grew up watching my mom struggle with her diet every day. She suffered from diabetes and was forced to keep a constant watch over every single morsel of food she put in her mouth. Over the years began to understand much more about the complexities of my mother’s disease and how vital it was for her to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle. As the disease progressed, my mother was forced to introduce now and more invasive methods to manage her disorder, including insulin shots twice daily.
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In a type 1 sufferer, the person's pancreas makes little or no insulin. The body's own defense system (the immune system) attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. People with type 1 diabetes must inject insulin several times every day or continually send insulin into their systems using a pump. They must strive to lose excess weight, remain active, and eat a healthy diet.
Type 2 Diabetes: Also called non-insulin-dependent or adult-onset diabetes, it typically develops after age 40, but can appear earlier and has recently begun to appear with more frequency in children. It is by far the most common type of diabetes, affecting some 346 million people globally. In this diabetes type, the pancreas produces insulin, but not enough, or is not able to use it effectively. Treatments include diet control, exercise, self-monitoring of blood sugar, and in some cases, oral drugs or insulin injections.
Treating Diabetes As stated earlier, in addition to any medicines or insulin injections that a doctor may prescribe, diet, weight control and physical activity is three important ways in which a diabetic can lessen the symptoms of the disease, avoid future complications and possibly even reverse the condition. Eating a healthy diet does not take any complicated, calorie-counting diets to keep blood sugar levels low and achieve beneficial weight loss. A healthy diet is good for a Diabetic, just like it is for everyone else! "A diabetic diet is simply a healthy eating plan that is high in nutrients, low in fat, and moderate in calories. It is a healthy diet for anyone!" The foods that we eat can make all the difference in whether we are healthy, or whether we become sick, because, many illnesses can be caused, or be made worse by, the dietary choices that we make. The various types of diabetes--including type 2, the most prevalent--are no exception.
Diabetes is an increasingly common, life-threatening illness that currently afflicts more than eight percent of all Americans. It is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States . In no other illness does eating a healthy diet play a more important role than in diabetes. With appropriate dietary and lifestyle changes, and medications, diabetes can be controlled--and in the case of type 2, even reversed and a diabetic can live a long, productive life.
When It comes to nutrition a diabetic should Choose carbs that are packed with fiber and don’t spike your blood sugar. Eat a lot of non-starchy vegetables, beans, and fruits such as apples, pears, peaches, and berries. Even tropical fruits like bananas, mangoes, and papayas tend to have a lower glycemic index than typical desserts. Eat grains in the least-processed state possible: “unbroken,” such as whole-kernel bread, brown rice, and whole barley, millet, and wheat berries; or traditionally processed, such as stone-ground bread, steel-cut oats, and natural granola or muesli breakfast cereals. Limit white...