What diet is recommended for diabetics?

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What diet is recommended for diabetics?
First, it should be noted that diabetics do not need special diabetic foods; they should eat the ordinary food obtainable from local shops and supermarkets. From my wife’s experience, she has found the ‘diabetic special foods available, both expensive and tasteless. On close inspection of the ingredients, we found that equivalent products could be found in all main supermarkets. Half the price, and far more taste.Second, it is a myth that diabetics should avoid sugar completely, but it is true that the sugars in the diet should be in a form where they are released slowly into the body. In practical terms this means that sugary foods should be limited and that the carbohydrates (starchy foods) in the diet should be what are called complex carbohydrates.

Examples of complex carbohydrates are potatoes and bread, because these release sugar into the body gradually and avoid sudden increases in the level of glucose in the blood.

In general diabetics should

■ Eat a diet that brings them down to their correct healthy weight and keeps them there.

■ Eat regular meals and try to eat similar amounts of starchy foods from day to day.

■ Try to eat high fibre foods, especially beans, peas, lentils and fruit.

■ Cut down on fried and fatty food such as butter, margarine, cheese, chips etc.

■ Reduce their sugar intake by swapping high sugar foods for low sugar foods.

■ Be careful not to use too much salt.

■ Be aware that alcohol is a source of calories in the diet and therefore should be included in any dietary considerations. In practical terms, a moderate intake in keeping with a balanced diet is not a problem but excessive intake will affect the blood sugar levels and the individual will risk an increase in weight.

It is advisable for a newly diagnosed diabetic to see a dietician for more detailed and specialist advice regarding the correct diet for their condition.

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My name is Larry Lewis, Health & Wellness Life Coach, Founder of Healthy Lifestyles Living, contributor to the Huffington Post, recently featured in the Sunday Mail Newspaper and somebody who went from being an owner of a chain of gyms and fitness fanatic, to a visually impaired overweight and incredibly sick person. Read about my illness to wellness story.

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