How to Design a Diet for Diabetic Patients
Diabetic diets are complex because they need to take into account many factors, including the type of diabetes and the amount of exercise the patient gets each day.
There are many books, websites, and communities of diabetics with helpful hints, tips, and tricks to keep in mind when creating a diet plan for your particular type of diabetes.
This article will provide some information and resources to help you understand the many aspects of designing a proper diet for yourself or a loved one with diabetes.
First of all, what is the recommended diet or menu for diabetic patients on oral medications?
The menu for someone on insulin is very different than that for someone with a chronic pancreatic disorder. For example, the diet for someone on multiple diuretics is significantly different than that for someone with a pancreatic problem.
Diabetic diets on antidiabetic medication also vary greatly. A diabetic diet that is based entirely on antidiabetic drugs would most likely be very low in carbohydrates, high in protein, and fairly high in fat. A different diet would probably be a lower carbohydrate diet with more vegetables and protein on the menu.
Now that you know what a normal diet should contain, let’s take a look at some examples of what kind of diet to avoid for diabetic patients on medications
A diet for someone on lancet or insulin should be low in saturated fat and sodium and high in fiber. Some foods to avoid would be fried food, canned foods, full-fat dairy products, and chocolate.
A diet for diabetics on a Splenda or sugar-free diet would be a disaster! If you or a person you care about is on any kind of medication, please talk to your doctor first.
What does this have to do with meal planning?
When planning a meal for someone with diabetes or a type 1 diabetic person, it’s important to think carefully about portion sizes. Because diabetics’ bodies are generally more sensitive to insulin than others, it’s important to remember that a higher daily insulin dose can spike blood glucose levels much higher than a “regular” diabetic meal.
For instance, a diet for someone on Humalog insulin could be high in carbohydrates, relatively low in protein, and high in unsaturated fat. But a meal for someone with diabetes on a Splenda or sugar-free diet could be very low in carbohydrates, very high in protein, and very low in unsaturated fat.
There are many recipes on the internet for meals for diabetics on medications
These meals usually include the main dish (usually chicken) and one or two side dishes. Although I tend to feel that the meat in a chicken breast meal is better than the liver in a “stuffing” meal, the choice is really a matter of preference.
Diabetic recipes can also be adjusted by substituting low-fat meats (such as skinless turkey breasts) for the more fattening meats mentioned above. For vegetables, it’s important to choose fresh, steamed vegetables instead of canned or frozen.
It’s also not a bad idea to add fresh vegetables to the dinner table even when your family is healthy! In many cases, once you’ve determined your “safe” foods, you’ll find that your daily meals for diabetics can be adjusted to be lower in calories without sacrificing taste.
In order for you to have a successful meal plan, it must be one that meets your goals. This means that you need to evaluate how your body feels after each meal.
If you’re hungry, you should eat more. If you’re satisfied, then you know you’ve met your goals
One thing that many people don’t realize about meal plans designed for diabetics is that they often contain “low-glycemic” foods. These foods increase your blood sugar slowly so you don’t feel the heightened level of glucose immediately after eating them.
This provides a safety valve for people who suffer from rapid rises and falls in their blood sugars. When you read food labels, you’ll see that many of these foods contain “hummus” or a root-like substance. A lot of this type of food contains a lower level of sugar than regular sugar or cane sugar.
You can easily adjust the amount of carbohydrates that you consume in your daily diet to meet your personal needs as a diabetic person. There are carbohydrates that will raise your blood sugar and others that will keep it at a safe, normal level.
The most commonly prescribed diabetes diet plan provides a list of acceptable carbohydrates along with “safe” levels of carbohydrates. Most people find that they easily meet their recommended carbohydrate intake level using this system.
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