Society today is much more aware than in years past, of the prices you pay for a reckless diet. But even armed with that knowledge, there is freedom in the "what," "when," and "how much." For the person with diabetes, it's no longer a freedom, but a system of monitoring and controlling adverse affects.
Proper eating habits keep your blood sugar at acceptable levels which is a top goal in combating and controlling diabetes. A diabetic can no longer just eat when hungry, eat what they want when they're hungry, or eat as much as they desire. Diabetes has put a stop to that, and forced them to take measures to counteract its negative effects. As a diabetic, a person will learn to monitor their blood sugar regularly, eat at specific intervals, and eat purposefully to control this invasive monster that has entered their life. Strict guidelines will have to be followed in order to curb the consequences of not following them.
The diet for diabetics will be divided up into vegetables, milk, fats and sweets, meat and meat substitutes, fruits, and starches. These are monitored for levels of intake on a daily basis. If you are diabetic and would like to have alcoholic drinks, then don't do it on an empty stomach as this lowers your level of glucose, and raises blood fats.
With all the rules and regulations to govern diabetes, there are several foods that will assist in keeping it under control. Those foods are:
Bitter Gourd-known elsewhere as, 'Bitter Melon'
Apple - contains pectin, which is helpful in controlling diabetes
Bengal Gram-rich in fiber and aid in glucose consumption
Grapefruit-increase in free insulin
Yogurts-contains bacteria that aids in insulin production
Broccoli-chromium helps regulate glucose
Garlic-lowers blood sugar and increases free insulin
Soybeans-also good for controlling blood sugar levels
To lighten up this probe into eating and diabetes, there is a man named Dr. Fuhrman who, through his diet techniques, says that you can not only control diabetes with diet, but you can get rid of it altogether. That has to spark hope in multitudes of sufferers everywhere. He not only states this wonderful fact, but has proven it with patients he has treated. He has written books called, Eat to Live or Eat For Health , and it is a must-read for any diabetic. Of course it's not achieved by diet alone, but with the right combination of many factors.
Another factor in eating and diabetes is in your intake of certain fats. Fat substances are in direct correlation to sugar substances when balancing your body's energy producing consumption. You need fats in order to receive redundant glucose into the fat depots. Fat stabilizes your need for glucose. Sugars are not the cause of diabetes. Only too-high protein and sugar consumption with too-low fat consumption can cause diabetes. If your energy intake exceeds your energy need, then diabetes can occur.