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Is Diabetic Diet Just A Diet That Is Free From Sugars?
The answer is no, a healthy diabetic meal plan is a balanced healthy diet with appropriate mixture of carbohydrates, proteins and fats that provide essential nutrients as well as to create an even release of glucose into the blood of a diabetes patient. The main goal of the diet is to keep blood glucose as near as possible to that of a normal person.
In our body, foods that we consume are broken down into basic unit (as shown in the table below). By learning what to eat, how much to eat and when to eat we can keep our blood glucose levels within a target range.
For a normal people, blood glucose levels are kept within 70 to 120mg/DL. This level will goes up after eating and return to normal after 1 or 2 hours. Following is a reference table for targeted blood glucose levels for normal a person.
For people with diabetes the body do not produce enough or make well use of a hormone called insulin*. Without enough insulin, glucose will stay in the our blood and cause the blood glucose levels to raise. Over time, high glucose level will lead to serious damages in heart, kidneys, eyes, nerves and etc.
Diabetes Type And Meal Plan
There are generally three types of diet for diabetes. Before starting the diet plan it is important to understand that not all diabetes can be manage through diabetic diet alone.
A good diabetic diet plan will not only help you to improve your blood glucose levels but also help keep your weight on track. The diet plan differ from person to person due to our nutritional needs, daily activity and type of diabetes a patient suffers. Following are 10 important points suggested by the American Diabetic Association when planning a diabetic meal.
Also, it is important for diabetes patients to discuss with their doctors before starting any diet plan.
* Insulin is a hormone that responsible for glucose to get into our cells and provide us with energy
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