3 Nutrition Tips for Diabetic Health

The basis of diabetes management includes various lifestyle changes, such as diet and exercise, and if necessary, support through medication. However, throughout any lifestyle changes or treatment for diabetes, the key is to stay consistent and committed.

Nutrition plays a huge part in managing diabetes and helping control your blood sugar. The role of nutrition is to achieve and maintain:

1. Better blood glucose levels
The glycemic index is a very useful tool, as it measures the rate that carbohydrate foods are digested and absorbed. Aim for low GI foods that produce smaller rises in blood sugar levels, therefore keep you satisfied for longer.

2. A healthy weight range
Aim for a nutrient dense diet - carbohydrates that are low in fat, high in fibre and unrefined. Eat fresh fruit and vegetables daily. Eat good fats such as olive oil, fish and nuts. Exercise on a regular basis, for at least 30 minutes five times a week.

3. Sustainable eating habits
Plan meals ahead of time to help minimise poor food choices. Eat at regular times to avoid low blood sugar levels, and have healthy snacks on hand e.g. fruit, yoghurt, nuts, low fat cheese and grainy crackers.

Remember the lifestyle choices we make today, have a profound effect on our wellbeing later in life. Never feel defeated. Committing to a healthy eating plan is effective in keeping blood glucose levels under control and preventing diabetes complications. Apart from managing diabetes, you can of course enjoy the many other benefits that result from healthy eating too.

Vicky Mazzone
One On One Diet Counselling


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