Being diagnosed with diabetes can be unsettling, but learning how to live with this chronic condition doesn’t need to be difficult. With the help of your doctor, you can find ways to better manage diabetes through your diet.
Your diet can help to prevent Diabetes
Many diabetes diagnoses could be avoided through diet. In fact, numerous research studies have revealed an astonishing fact about Type 2 Diabetes – almost 70% of these cases could have been prevented through healthy living. Adjusting your diet to cut down on sugar and processed foods can go a long way in preventing diabetes, as does ensuring you and your family get regular exercise. But not all diabetes diagnoses can be avoided, and that’s why managing your diet is vital.
Diabetes and your Diet
Once you’ve been diagnosed, your doctor will advise you on the type of diabetes you have; the kind of treatment you need, and the lifestyle changes you’ll need to make. Of course, cutting down on your sugar intake is essential, but there are other important elements that you need to take note of:
- When you eat – irregular meal patterns during the day can cause your blood glucose levels to plummet or spike;
- What you eat – moving away from processed foods and towards fresh fruit, vegetables, and low-GI carbohydrates; and
- How much you eat – portion control. While general rules can apply, your doctor or dietitian will advise you on how much you should eat, of each food type, every day.
Yes, But What Can I Eat?
Funnily enough, the rules around diabetes and diet look much like the rules for healthy eating, whether you’ve been diagnosed or not. Diabetes SA put together this informative guideline, in partnership with FutureLife and Health24’s 'Weekly Meal Plan for Diabetics' is extremely useful. Sweet Life have also put together this great outline on Diabetes and Nutrition. And, if you’re looking for some easy, Diabetes-friendly, recipes, Sweet Life’s online recipes catalogue looks delicious!
LifeDoc Can Help
Now available for download as a mobile application, LifeDoc™ helps you take charge of your personal health information, making it easier to keep track of appointments and schedule those important check-ups, while securely storing your personal medical history. LifeDoc™ can also help you monitor your glucose levels, record readings for your reference, and share important health-related information with your doctor. Register here or like the LifeDoc™ Facebook page for regular updates. You can also stay on track with LifeDoc™ developments on Twitter.