Diabetic Diet Plans
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Diabetic diet plans are recommended for those who have or are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. It aims to regulate blood glucose levels and in combination with regular physical activity, assist in maintaining or reducing weight.  

As a healthy lifestyle choice, they are adaptable for just about anyone and will provide an extensive range of positive health benefits; including but certainly not limited to weight control.

Diabetes is the general term used for the group of metabolic diseases all involving Insulin, the hormone responsible for converting the energy in food into energy the body can use. Ideally we need to maintain a constant blood glucose (sugar) level. 

Sugar Levels Too High or Too Low Can Lead
to Serious & Immediate Long Term
Health Problems

In type 1 diabetes the body can no longer produce insulin and levels must be controlled by daily injections. Whilst it is essential to maintain a healthy diet and level of physical activity when suffering from type 1 diabetes, lifestyle factors are not the cause and as such will not alleviate symptoms.

On the other hand, type 2 diabetes is a progressive disease and can be closely if not directly linked to poor diet, exercise and lifestyle choices.  Sadly the occurrence of type 2 diabetes in younger people and children is on the increase.  It occurs when the body can no longer use or produce its own insulin as effectively (also known as insulin resistance) and is most often associated with being overweight, particularly when the excess weight is stored around the abdomen (apple rather than pear shape).

Certain risk factors do exist in which the likelihood of developing type 2 diabetes is increased such as genetic predisposition (family history), age and race. Obviously these factors are beyond our control, however by developing and maintaining a healthy diet and regular exercise program, type 2 diabetes, and pre-diabetes can be slowed, controlled or even avoided altogether.

The good news is diabetic diet plans are not excessively restrictive or bland and suitable for most regular dietary needs as it is particularly nutritious and well balanced - handy when feeding an entire family!

If you like, check out our type 2 diabetes diets page.

Essentially when trying diabetic diet plans there are a few simple rules you need to follow:

  • Know your carbohydrates (simple vs. complex) and choose those which are high in fibre and low on the Glycemic Index scale (low GI).
  • Opt for unprocessed complex carbohydrates such as whole grains, fruits, honey and vegetables.
  • Run & hide from those processed carbs such as white flour and sugar!
    Avoid fats, especially saturated fats.  Choose lean meats and consider the way food is prepared; grill or bake rather than fry.
  • Eat regular meals and or snacks throughout the day and balance food intake (calories consumed) with energy use (calories burnt). There are many tools available online to determine how many calories you burn in a regular day.
  • Try to maintain a calorie ratio of 50% carbohydrates (complex of course) 20% protein (including lean meats) and 30% fats (unsaturated healthy fats!).

You need a balance of fats, proteins and carbohydrates for proper body function.  To determine this exact ratio and ensure you are getting a nutritionally balanced diet it is best to consult a qualified dietician. If you have any concerns that you may be at risk of developing type 2 diabetes, please contact your doctor.  Without correct management diabetes is a potentially devastating disease.

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