Building a Diabetic Diet Plan
If you have diabetes or are close to someone who does
there is probably nothing more important when it comes to managing this
disease then a good diabetic diet plan. For the newly diagnosed building
a diabetes compatible diet can be somewhat overwhelming. Unfortunately
there is little choice if one is to live a normal life with this
Anyone with diabetes has to make some significant lifestyle changes to
properly manage its long term complications. For those who have a sweet
tooth the changes required can be even more difficult to deal with but
avoiding high sugar foods will have to become a way of life. Fortunately
for most people there are a whole range of diabetic friendly foods and
recipes to be found in books and on the internet that will satisfy there
most serious food cravings.
When building a diabetic diet plan you need to start with your doctor.
While they will not be able to map out a complete plan for you they can
give you a general overview of what to expect and point you in the right
direction. Your doctor should refer you to a registered or licensed
dietician who is practiced in the art creating of diabetic diets.
Another good place to begin the transition to a diabetic diet is the
American Diabetes Association (ADA) website. They have a whole host of
the latest diet and treatment information along with the Diabetic Food
Pyramid which makes it easier to understand the foods that can be eaten
and in what quantities. The ADA website also includes lists of foods
that all diabetics can eat along with recipes for creating meals that
stack up taste and nutrition wise to the strictest of diabetic needs.
There is also a whole food industry that is being built up around the
fact that diabetes is becoming such a wide spread disease. There are an
estimated 17 million cases in the United States alone with 5.9 million
of those going undiagnosed. With the continuing obesity epidemic in this
country that number is expected to rise, particularly for type 2
diabetes. This food industry creates and markets products that are
diabetes friendly. They can do this because of the many artificial
sweetener choices that are out today. This allows even the most of picky
of eaters to enjoy foods that were off limits in the past.
Knowledge, research, and learning are the diabetic's best defense when
it comes to managing their disease. Without the strong support of
family, friends and their health care provider it is difficult for any
one person to make the lifestyle changes necessary to treat and control
this condition which is deadly if left untreated. A good diabetic diet
plan is one of the most important aspects of any treatment regimen and
can be the one factor that can help almost all diabetics live a long and