Diabetes Health

How to Stay Healthy with Diabetes?

Written by Dr. Durga Kumari and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.

 
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Diabetes is a metabolic disease that results in too much sugar level in blood or high blood glucose level. Diabetes would be controlled by some precautions in the diet along with the medication.

Diabetic Diet:

The most important thing in diabetes regarding diet is that a diabetic person should take three small frequent meals with three snacks. It should never be skipped. Also, exercise or walking for at least half an hour daily is mandatory.

A diabetic person can take all types of vegetable soups with no thickening agents like sauce or butter. Vegetables should be a blend of salads and all green and leafy vegetables that grow in a particular season.

Fruits such as lemon, orange, sweet lemon, apple, papaya, grapes, pomegranate, guava, pineapple, watermelon, muskmelon and strawberry can be taken and it should be consumed as a whole. Fruits should be four to five portions daily. They are rich in photochemical and antioxidants.

In diabetes, milk and milk products (skimmed milk) like cottage cheese, curd, etc., are recommended. Cereals with bran should be eaten such as wheat, rice, maize, oats, etc. Intake of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat sources such as olive, walnut, groundnut and avocado are helpful.

Lukewarm water should be taken instead of cold water as that will help with weight loss.

Foods to Avoid in Diabetics:

  1. A diabetic person should not eat underground roots, tubers and starched foods like rice, white flour, corn flour, etc.
  2. Should avoid all cold drinks, egg yolk, margarine, cheese, ghee, butter, fat, jam, jelly, pizza, burger, etc.
  3. Should avoid red meat as that is loaded with saturated fats.
  4. Spicy foods and sweets like cake, pastries, cookies, chocolates, pudding, ice cream, high calorie snacks and deep fries are restricted.
  5. Freshly made foods should be consumed and avoid consuming canned foods as they are high in preservatives.
  6. Also, should avoid taking water in between meals and immediately after meals. There should be a minimum gap of half an hour.

For further doubts regarding diabetic diet consult a diabetologist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/diabetologist

Last reviewed at: 07.Sep.2018

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