It is undeniable that a healthy eating lifestyle is very important in everyone’s life, especially to those who has Type 1 diabetes. Firstly, such diabetes patients often ask for what to eat and what to avoid. So, Let’s have a look.
What should I eat?
The first thing people wonder when they have been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes is what they should eat to control their blood glucose level? Surprisingly, you don’t have to avoid eating anything. You can enjoy food just like other people as long as you watch for the proportion, the sugar, calories and carbohydrate intake and so on. In the past, people who have diabetes has to avoid eating a lot of foods and follow strict diets in order to control their condition. However, with the increasing availability and flexibility of insulin, the list of ‘dos’ and ‘donts’ is now long gone.
Is there anything I should avoid?
Stay away from coke, processed juices or fizzy drinks so that your blood glucose level doesn’t get towards the roof. As a matter of fact, sugary drinks usually make blood glucose rise up quickly. That’s why they are used to treat low blood glucose levels. If you must, choose low sugar ones instead of normal drinks. Drink more water if possible. Tea and coffee are consumable, too. Of course you can’t have tea and coffee from Road Side Tea Shop.
Watch your carbohydrate intake
Carbohydrate foods that have a low glycemic index (low GI) are more slowly digested and produce a more gradual rise in blood glucose levels. So, they keep helping to control even blood glucose levels.
Lower GI foods include:
- Denser whole grain bread;
- Wholegrain cereals;
- Legumes – dried peas, beans, and lentils;
- Milk, yogurt;
- Fruit – apples, apricots, bananas, mango, orange, pears, plums, peaches;
- Vegetables – corn, green banana, taro, yams.
Eating these foods for a balanced proportion will give you many helps for your condition.
High Sugar containing foods often offers low nutritional value, high in fat and add plenty of carbohydrates to your diet. These foods can rise your blood glucose level rapidly.
High sugar containing foods include syrups, honey, sweetened tinned fruit, cakes, puddings, sweet biscuits, sweetened condensed milk, chocolate, ice cream, cordial, soft drink, fruit juice, beer, sweet sherry, sweet wines and, of course, sugar used in excess with a meal or snack, etc.
‘Sugar-free’ products, such as biscuits and chocolate, are not necessary. They are often high in fat and expensive. You should cautiously eat these foods.
Watch your alcohol intake
It is lovely to hear that alcohol doesn’t contain calories but it can interfere the medications that you are taking. Recommended alcohol for those people with diabetes is less than one drink per day for women and no more than two per day for men.
Eating the right food can make you healthier and avoid any complications related to diabetes such as heart diseases and stroke. Go to meet a prestigious dietician or consult with your doctor to find out the most suitable eating plan tailored to your health and your needs.