People who are diagnosed with diabetes cannot produce or properly use insulin. Insulin is a hormone produced in the pancreas that helps move glucose from the blood and into our cells. Without insulin our blood sugar rises to a very high level causing hyperglycemia. If not managed properly, a person may experience complications over time which varies from problems with bodily functions such as kidney, nerves, eyes, and feet, skin problems, digestive problems, sexual dysfunction, and problems with your teeth and gums. It also puts one at a higher risk for heart ailments as well as bone and joint disorders. The good news is diabetes can be managed through a healthy diet, regular exercise and proper medication.

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Low fat and/or high fiber foods (wikipedia image)

An important aspect of managing diabetes is a healthy eating habit. A good diet helps control your blood sugar and prevent the complications associated with diabetes. According to the NIH or National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, a healthy diet for a diabetic includes the following:

  • Limiting intake of food which are high in sugar.
  • Eating smaller portions that are spread out over the day.
  • Being careful about your carbohydrate consumption. Be aware of when you should take in carbohydrates and how much carbohydrates you eat.
  • Eating a variety of whole-grain food, fruits and vegetables every day.
  • Eating less fat.
  • Limiting your use of alcohol.
  • Using less salt.

A diabetic’s diet is personal. It is usually planned in consultation with a dietician or a doctor based on your physical activity and condition. You may still eat your favorite food provided that their sugar content is within the range of your dietary requirement. A healthy diet doesn’t need to be bland boring or tasteless. Tasty treats can still be created through the natural flavors of your recipe ingredients.