The Key To Controlling Diabetes.

Diet is the key to controlling your diabetes, but there is a large difference in how type 1 and type 2 diabetics approaches their menu planning.

The coordinating of diet and insulin are curcial to the type 1 diabetic. A type 1 diabetic must understand the impact certain foods have on their blood sugar levels as it will also effect their insulin requirements and their activities for the day.

Type 2 diabetes is largely a problem due to overeating, so it is important that type 2 diabetics control the right amounts of proteins, fats and carbohrdrates that they take in, so that their blood sugar levels stay normal throughout their day. For both the type 1 and type 2 diabetics it is highly recommended that they strive for a diet high in fiber, vegetables and fruits and continue a diet low in saturated fats.

Both types of diabetes are associated with cardiovascular disease, and because of this the American Diabetes Association and the American Dietetic Association recommend that people with diabetes get most of their daily protein requirement from beans, grains, and vegetables, not meat. Cutting down on animal proteins, in your diet will decrease the fat and cholesterol in your diet and the high-fiber foods may help lower both your cholesterol and blood sugar levels. In a 2000 study, the New England Journal of Medicine found that a diet rich in fiber (about 50 grams per day) lowered blood sugar levels by 10%.


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