What is “Diets for Diabetics”?
Our website is dedicated to supporting Diabetics in their quest to maintain healthy blood sugar levels and a healthy lifestyle. We offer you Recipes, Remedies for Diabetic problems and Articles on Diabetes all to address this Diabetic Condition.
What is important in addressing the Diabetic Condition?
I’m sure you’ve heard this before: Nutrition & Exercise.
But what does that mean? What nutrition? What should you eat?
First let’s answer the question:
What causes the high blood sugar levels in Type 2 Diabetes?
High blood sugar levels are caused by insulin resistance, and insulin resistance is caused mainly by a diet that is too high in carbohydrates and a lack of certain nutrients.
Carbohydrates are simply long chains of sugar molecules (glucose) hooked end-to-end. When you eat carbohydrates your normal digestive process breaks up these chains into the individual sugar molecules, and they pass right through your intestinal wall into your bloodstream, and load up your bloodstream with sugar.
If this happened every once in a while it would not be a problem. But as diets today are so high in carbohydrates, you have had a constant high level of sugar pouring into your bloodstream year after year. This requires your body to continuously produce high levels of insulin to keep that blood sugar level down. (Insulin’s job is to push sugar out of the bloodstream into the cells where it is used for energy.)
Eventually the cells in your body became insensitive to the effects of the insulin (insulin resistance). To handle this problem of insulin resistance your body began to produce even higher levels of insulin. This continued until your pancreas reached the maximum amount of insulin it could produce, and when the insulin resistance increased again, your blood sugar began to rise out of control. The result is type 2 diabetes. (Type 2 diabetes is actually an extreme case of insulin resistance.)
What can you do?
If you have not already done so, you need to eliminate ALL the starchy carbohydrates from your diet and stop loading up your body with sugar. Even small amounts of these starchy carbohydrates will prevent your sugar levels from coming down. This action will give your body a “breather” and the insulin will be able to do its job of pushing the sugar out of your bloodstream and into the cells, your blood sugar level will normalize and the high level of insulin in your body will drop along with it.
To better understand why a low carbohydrate diet, go to the Article: Understanding Carbohydrates
Another article is Carbohydrates in Nutrition by a medical doctor on the effects of carbohydrates on someone who is diabetic or insulin resistant.
Please take the time to read these.
What type of diabetic diet plan do you need to follow?
The Diabetic Diet Food List
The foods you must eliminate from your diet to help make this happen are foods high in carbohydrates. You can click on this link low carbohydrate foods for a list of food to eat with type 2 diabetes – what you can eat, what you can’t eat.
Exercise for Diabetics
Another activity that will increase your body’s sensitivity to insulin is doing resistance exercises. These are exercises such as lifting weights or pulling or pushing against muscles, by using various muscle exercise equipment. If you are not physically up to this type of exercise, begin a walking program, even if it is only walking for 20 minutes, 3 times a week.
For more information about exercise go to Diabetic Exercise Articles
Diet for Diabetics Recipes
Along with what foods to eat, we also have our Recipes for Diabetics. We’ve collected Low Carb Recipes for you for a healthier lifestyle.
Remedies for Diabetics
There are certain conditions that go along with Diabetes. We’ve compiled a list of them and natural remedies. Go to our Natural Remedies page
Article for Diabetics
We have many articles that you can read to increase your knowledge. For the Index go to Articles for Diabetics.
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