How to Manage Diabetes
Diet therapy is the most common, basic of treatment to all diabetes conditions, regardless of type 1 or type 2. There is no exact cure for diabetes, but by tackling you or your loved one's diet, exercise and medications, you can manage your blood sugar level well and prevent further complications.
Good nutrition can help to:
- Achieve near normal blood sugar levels
- Achieve a good blood sugar level
- Avoid hypoglycemia
- Prevent/slow the onset of long term diabetes complications such as retinopathy (eye disease) or kidney disease
What you can do
Healthy eating prevents sugar in the blood from skyrocketing or dipping too low. Both scenarios are dangerous for your loved one. As we know, people who are overweight or have obesity have added pressure on their body's ability to use insulin to properly control blood sugar levels, so, by encouraging healthy eating, you can help keep your loved ones’ weight down and prevent complications from diabetes. There are several ways to plan what and how they should eat. Make sure that they:
- Complex carbohydrates. Not all starchy foods are made equal. Complex starches take longer time to break down in our body so they raise our blood sugar gradually instead of causing sugar spikes. Examples of whole grain and complex starchy foods are brown rice and noodles, multigrain bread, potatoes and whole wheat roti.
- Low Glycemic Index (GI) foods. The GI is a ranking of carbohydrates in foods according to how they affect blood glucose levels. The lower the GI of a food, the slower and lesser the rise in blood glucose levels. Foods such as multigrain bread, bran, barley, semolina, all types of beans, sweet potato, yam, apples, pears, plums, orange, kiwi and peaches are lower in GI.
- Fibre. High fiber foods and supplements help lower cholesterol and keep our blood sugar low. Sunfiber is one of the world’s most well-researched fiber supplement. It is a multi-function dietary fiber supplement that works as a prebiotic to keep the gut healthy, relieves constipation and diarrhoea, lowers cholesterol, and lower the glycemic index (GI) of foods. These benefit diabetics greatly, and can be added to any food/beverage.
- Vegetables.They are naturally low in fat and in calories and full of vitamins, minerals and fibre. Vegetables include: spinach, broccoli, cabbage, bok choy, kai lan, kai lan, carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers and lettuce.
- Foods in moderate amounts of protein such as fish and skinless chicken, eggs, beans, lentils ( dal), tofu, tempeh, nuts and low fat milk and cheese.
- Use more whole spices, lemon juice or natural seasonings such as shallots, onions, garlic and parsley to spice up the meals instead of adding table salt.
- Trans fats from partially hydrogenated or deep-fried foods, especially those high in sugar, baked goods, sweets, chips, desserts.
- White bread, sugary cereals, refined pastas or rice.
- Sweets, cakes, condensed milk, soft drinks, and iced teas which are very high in sugar.
- Processed meat and red meat.
Our Delisoft Easy Meals are made of ingredients that are naturally low in sugar. They are meticulously monitored by our dietitian and food technologist. Many of us have these diabetic-friendly meals delivered to our homes or offices.
At the end of the day, a well-balanced diet comprising different nutrients is the most important.
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