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Top 10 Diabetes diet tips
By smita shukla on September 3, 2010
Diabetes is a condition where body blood sugar levels are higher than the normal which may lead to other complications in the body. A high blood sugar level or hyperglycemia may lead to kidney diseases, neurological complication and hypertension etc. All this can be avoided by keeping your blood sugar levels in control by a proper dietary supervision.
Diabetes management is all about making a fine balance between diet, exercise and medication. Here are ten super easy diabetes diet tips:
1) Have a perfectly balanced diet where everything should be in moderation. A balanced diet comprises of pulses, legumes, complex cereals, fruits and vegetables and other low glycemic index foods. Only one source of protein should be included in one meal. Prefer wheat over rice, as rice has a tendency to increase blood sugar levels rapidly.
2) Consume plenty of fiber-rich foods such as cereals, pulses, vegetables and fruits. Fiber has a low glycemic index and helps to lower blood sugar levels. Avoid having fruit juices and fruits like bananas and mangoes as they have high sugar content.
3) Consumption of fat should be restricted to 3 teaspoons per day. Totally avoid fried snacks like potato wafers and fries. Go for stir fried and grilled snacks.
4) Avoid processed and refined foods like noodles, pastas and other food items made from refined flour. These foods have no fiber at all and help in elevating the blood sugar levels.
5) Avoid eating nuts and dry fruits in high quantity. They are rich in saturated fats which convert into cholesterol in our body, increasing the cholesterol levels.
6) Check your intake of sugar and honey and products made out of these. Avoid sweets and desserts. If you occasionally indulge in a dessert, make sure it is fruit based and compensate that with other food in the same meal. Use artificial sweeteners, but in moderation.
7) Read nutritional labels carefully while buying and selecting foods. Look up the list for energy, fat, dietary fiber and sugar contents. A low fat product may not necessarily be low in fat. Think and buy!
8 Replace full fat milk with skimmed milk that has all the goodness of milk minus the fat. Avoid desserts made by full milk or thickening of milk.
9) Have plenty of fluids throughout the day to keep the urine diluted that helps the kidney flush out the toxins.
10) Have an early dinner before going to bed. Also, walk for 15-20 minutes after every meal as it helps to keep the sugar levels in check and aids insulin to work better.