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Healthy Diabetic Diet Plan for Everyone

written by: Anurag Ghosh • edited by: Rhonda Callow • updated: 5/21/2010

Embracing a healthy diabetes diet plan is a sure shot way to control blood glucose level. It is better to create a personalized diet plan with the help of a registered dietician than follow a complicated diet plan that makes your life difficult.

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    Diabetic Diet Plan: Healthy Eating Plan

    Diabetes leads to high blood sugar level because of the body’s incapability to produce or use insulin. To prevent the complications of diabetes, the blood glucose level needs to be controlled. In such circumstances, a healthy diabetes diet plan is very important. Healthy eating and maintaining a proper diet helps to reduce your blood sugar. To know more about foods that lower blood sugar read the "What foods lower blood sugar" article on Bright Hub.

    Having diabetes does not mean you have to follow a complicated diabetic diet. A diabetes diet simply implies choosing a diet that emphasizes a healthy-eating plan rich in natural foods and foods low in calories and fats. A diet that gives more importance to vegetables, fruits and whole grains is the best sort of diet for just about anyone.

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    Diabetes Diet Plan: What the American Diabetes Association Recommends?

    According to the American Diabetes Association, an individual suffering from diabetes symptoms must include these healthy foods in his or her diet. The foods are categorized in four major food categories:

    • Vegetables and fruits including spinach, green beans, berries

    • Dairy Products such as cottage cheese, skimmed milk or low fat milk and yogurt

    • Whole grains and cereals like wheat, barley, brown rice, oats and bran

    • Food products rich in protein including meat, eggs, nuts and legumes (beans, lentils and peas)

    The American Diabetic Association diet stresses more on protein-rich foods and foods high in fiber. Protein-rich foods such as fish, chicken and low fat dairy products are important for the body’s energy supplies. High-fiber foods are always recommended as part of the American Diabetes Association diet. High fiber foods help to lower the blood sugar levels. Foods high in fiber include peas, whole grains and beans.

    The American Diabetes Association suggests that a person suffering from diabetes must follow a low fat diet. The best way is to have lean meats than fatty meats as it ensures to cut away extra fat. One can also consume fish as it is a good alternative to meats with high fat content. Fishes like salmon, herring and mackerel are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. These lower blood fats and keep your heart healthy. Make sure to remove the skin before eating. Eating eggs is okay, but limit to eating only up to 3 to 4 per week.

    The Association recommends that a diabetic patient should seek the assistance of a dietician for creating a personalized diabetic diet plan. The dietician can help to design an effective meal plan with healthy foods. He can provide valuable information on your diet and help you to make better food choices. The dietician can help you to create a diet based on your tastes, lifestyle and health objectives.

    Whether you are following a diabetes diet plan recommended by the American Diabetes Association or seeking help from your dietician, make sure to plan your meals and follow a routine religiously. Sticking to a meal plan and keeping a note on serving sizes helps to control your blood glucose and weight.

    To prevent diabetes complications, you need to embrace a healthy-eating plan. This ensures your blood sugar levels are under control. Also make sure you get proper advice and suggestions from a registered dietician only.

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    Disclaimer

    The information in this article should not be considered medical advice. The information in this article is not meant to treat, diagnose, prescribe or cure any ailment. Always check with your physician before taking any products or following any advice you have read on Brighthub.com. Always consult your doctor before you start, stop or change anything that has been previously prescribed.

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    References:

    http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/diabetes-diet/DA00027

    http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/diabeticdiet.html

    http://www.diabetes-guide.org/american-diabetes-association-diet.htm