Diabetes mellitus refers to a group of diseases that affect how the body uses blood sugar (glucose). Glucose is an important source of energy for the cells that make up the muscles and tissues. It’s also the brain’s main source of fuel. Lets look at some common questions on diabetes.
How important is diet in diabetes management?
Diet plays a major role in diabetes lifestyle management, in monitoring/ adjusting dosage of medication, activities etc. With diet modifications in diabetes, a major risk factor for diabetes complications can be addressed, by being able to provide calorie and carb restriced, protein enriched pattern to address malnutrition issues. So awareness and practice, both are needed here
Is calorie-counting recommended?
Yes to type 1 diabetes, and also to those who are on a very low carb diet etc. But obsession is not suggested. Rather than that, one can systematise dietary/ behaviour and activity pattern to achieve desired goals
Do you have success stories of people who have turned their prognosis around by following a healthy diet?
Yes, many are there. It is possible to those who show consistency in practising it. It does wonders.
If I am a diabetic, what are some food adjustments or swaps I can make?
Personalised approach only will help in each person’s dietary modifications. But still, in general, we can say a carb restricted, protein enriched diet with plenty of low calorie liquids and fiber foods should be of help. Also, adequate sleep, physical activity, stress management etc too play a major role
What is the recommendation regarding Oats?
Oats are whole grains and are healthy , but there are different types of oats , with different nutritional values. Oats groats is the healthiest as it is the whole form with most nutritious and least processed. Next is steel cut oats and then rolled oats. The least nutritious of the lot is instant oats. But unfortunately mostly we get instant oats or rolled oats which are available easily in the market as it is easy to cook.
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