A diabetic patient should follow a special and controlled diet so that the glucose level in the body does not increase. It will also help in keeping the persons weight in check as most people suffering from type II diabetes are overweight. Diabetics should take special care in monitoring the carbohydrate intake as these are easily transformed into blood sugar. However completely stopping carb intake will have an adverse effect, such as sever hunger cravings, on the body and hence this needs to be controlled gradually. Foods that are made of refined sugar and white flour should be strictly avoided. It is best to take professional advice on a healthy and balanced diet as all nutrients play an important factor in the smooth functioning of the body.

Vegetables and fruits are a must in daily diet. Fish, which is a good source of protein can be consumed 2-3 times a week. Non-fat dairy products like skimmed milk, curds should be included. Water is a good source to remove toxins from the body. Replace aerated drinks with water. Junk food like chips, pizza, cakes, cookies, pastries etc should be avoided completely. Daily dose of physical exercise can also control weight. Walking, climbing stairs etc are a good way for weight control.

admin on March 27th 2011 in General

A low carb diet aims at controlling the blood sugar and also keeps the weight in check. Carbohydrates increase the level of blood sugar thereby adversely affecting diabetics. It will also control the production of insulin (fat building hormone) which will stabilize the blood sugar. With less insulin levels whatever amount of fat consumed will be metabolized and not stored in the body. The level of blood sugar in the body is inversely proportionate to the insulin levels. As blood sugar decreases, efficiency of insulin increases, and that will decrease the insulin levels in the body.

High levels of insulin can lead to increased blood pressure. This can result in heart attack or a stroke. A low carb diet provides just the right amount of carbs needed by the body as a high carb diet will increase the fats and insulin leading to a host of other diseases. However a low carb diet needs to be maintained as once there is a good amount of weight loss; people tend to go back to regular eating habits which may not be entirely healthy. It is important to also pay attention to the other nutrient intake in the diet and not concentrate only on a low carb diet. A healthy body leads to a healthy mind.

admin on March 23rd 2011 in General

There are 4 major food groups that people suffering from diabetes should consume food from as recommended by the American diabetes association.

Vegetables such as green leafy veggies lettuce, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, green beans. Fruits like apples and berries. Carrots that are a good source of Vitamin A, C and K are also advised.

Whole grains such as wheat, rice, corn, and oats have high nutritional value. Breads and cereals like barley and bran.
Skimmed milk, also known as low fat milk, curds, yogurt and non fatty cottage cheese.

Foods like fish, poultry products, meats, nuts are good source of protein.

An ideal diet should include at least one type of food from each of the above 4 food groups. Main nutrients like carbohydrates, fats, minerals, vitamins and proteins are derived from a healthy and balanced diet.

Just as there are guidelines to balanced diet there are certain don’ts that we must adhere to. Excess intake of fat can lead to development of diabetes. Fats are necessary for the body but in controlled quantities. Also salt intake should be controlled. This diet also suggests a lesser intake of sugar. Hence the alcohol consumption should be monitored as alcohol increases the sugar level in the blood.

It is best to take help from a professional dietitian to guide on day to day consumption of food in order to curb or control diabetes.

admin on March 23rd 2011 in General

Diabetes is a disease which needs prolonged medication & proper routine.

It is diagnosed not because of excessive sugar intake but once diagnosed sugar is strictly prohibited. The person suffering needs to plan its schedule to ensure a healthy & preventive routine. This disease demand a strict schedule of what to eat, how much to eat & when to eat.

Regular walks are must for a diabetic, so the day should start with at least one hour of walk. Walking should comprise at least 30 minutes of brisk walking. Stress yoga must be avoided by diabetic. Breakfast must be taken on time as fasting is injurious to the diabetic. After the dinner there is a huge gap till breakfast. Breakfast needs to be rich in fiber & low calorie. Meal intake can be six in a day but quantity needs to be watched carefully. Small frequent meals are most preferred meal for a diabetic. Food intake needs to be rich in protein & low in carbohydrate. The day must progress with healthy & timely food to keep the energy level intact in body.

Diabetic needs to have regular follow up with doctor.  Eyes & kidney needs an extra attention, so a semiannual check up or as prescribed by the doctor, regular check up   is recommended. Heart check up is also must as diabetes frequently has associated heart problems. A diabetic needs to get the check up done regularly for the prevention of any further complications.

admin on March 17th 2011 in General

Diabetes is  a commonly known disease and with passage of time its becoming more and more common amongst people. One will not be surprised to hear that a 28 year boy or a girl is suffering from diabetes. And once a person is diagnosed with diabetes everyone including him panics about the diet to follow and the food intake to adhere to.

As a result many diabetics are misguided and they end up following a diet which is not healthy for them. Below mentioned is a diet plan to shred some weights off from your body specially customized for diabetic patient. However, it is advisable that before starting a diet one should consult his/ her doctor.

A diabetic should avoid fried and high calorie food. A diabetes patient can eat normal food but must avoid food with sugar and starch. It is suggested that diabetics should eat after every 2-3 hours in moderate quantities. They must not over eat and must have control over their taste buds to ignore the cravings for sweets.

Walking for almost 45 minutes everyday is very healthy for diabetes patients.

admin on March 15th 2011 in General

Often it is seen that many websites give a blanket diet plan for all kinds of diabetes viz, Type 1 Diabetes, Type 2 Diabetes and Gestational diabetes. However, it is inappropriate for all kinds of diabetics to follow the same diet. The diabetes meal plan should be different for different types of diabetes.

The type 1 diabetes needs treatment of insulin. Therefore the focus of its diet plan is to find a healthy balance between the body insulin and food intake.

The type 2 diabetes is related to controlling the overweight and helping the body to use insulin. This kind of diabetes can generally be cured by proper exercise, healthy food and losing weight.

Gestational diabetes is related to diabetes among pregnant women. Under this diabetes, the concern is to maintain the health of mother and her baby while also maintaining the sugar levels in blood. Special care and precaution should be taken for gestational diabetes, as any side effect of the diet plan may hamper the growth of the baby.

As these are different kinds of diabetes, therefore, the diet plan for each category of diabetics should also be different. Any plan that is common for all three types of diabetes should be undertaken only after a proper discussion with the doctor. And any significant change or unusual symptom is observed, then the diet should be stopped immediately and the diabetic should meet the doctor on an urgent basis.

admin on March 10th 2011 in General

The diabetic diet plan allows the diabetic to eat almost all kinds of foods that he likes with some minor exceptions. Usually, when a person is diagnosed with diabetes, one of the first restrictions on him is to lose weight and eat less. However, it is a myth that by losing weight alone, diabetes can be cured. Diabetes can definitely be controlled, however weight loss is not the only solution to control diabetes.

A diabetic can also eat his choice of food but with some restrictions. By following a healthy diabetics diet plan, the patient can enjoy the food as well as keep the diabetes under control. A diabetic should avoid eating white food i.e. he should try to eat whole meal and whole grain foods only. Also, diabetics should avoid eating sweets and other high calorie foods. Instead of sugar, diabetics can use artificial sweetener and the high calorie and high fat food can be replaced with low calorie and low fat food. The most important aspect of a diet is to avoid the saturated and canned food freely and widely available in the market. A diabetic should try and eat the food cooked at home and avoid junk food and low quality food.
By following these simple steps, it should be relatively easier for the diabetic to control the diabetes in a healthy and a happy way.

admin on March 9th 2011 in General

Most of us feel stressed about being a diabetic. Very often we even find ourselves very frustrated and depressed, as we have to avoid our much liked food we used to binge on. We are also worried about the protein and other nutrient intake because lot of food is restricted to us. But, with the availability of food replacement shakes, it is quite easy to fulfill the daily nutrition and vitamin requirement.

Some of these shakes are specifically meant for diabetics and these provide all the nutrients, protein and vitamins required for a healthy diet. These shakes are in different flavors and one can customize the taste of the shake according to his taste buds.
As these shakes are designed for losing weight, it is very helpful for either type of diabetic: diabetes 1 or diabetes 2. These shakes fills your stomach and you do not usually have a craving for munching some food. After having a shake, a person feels content about the food and this leads to the weight loss in the person with proper vitamins, nutrients and protein levels.

admin on February 20th 2011 in General

Diabetes is a disease which needs prolonged medication & proper routine. It is diagnosed not because of excessive sugar intake but once diagnosed sugar is strictly prohibited. The person suffering needs to plan its schedule to ensure a healthy & preventive routine. This disease demand a strict schedule of what to eat, how much to eat & when to eat. Regular walks are must for a diabetic, so the day should start with at least one hour of walk. Walking should comprise at least 30 minutes of brisk walking. Stress yoga must be avoided by diabetic. Breakfast must be taken on time as fasting is injurious to the diabetic. After the dinner there is a huge gap till breakfast. Breakfast needs to be rich in fiber & low calorie. Meal intake can be six in a day but quantity needs to be watched carefully. Small frequent meals are most preferred meal for a diabetic. Food intake needs to be rich in protein & low in carbohydrate. The day must progress with healthy & timely food to keep the energy level intact in body.

Diabetic needs to have regular follow up with doctor.  Eyes & kidney needs an extra attention, so a semiannual check up or as prescribed by the doctor, regular check up   is recommended. Heart check up is also must as diabetes frequently has associated heart problems. A diabetic needs to get the check up done regularly for the prevention of any further complications.

admin on August 18th 2010 in General

The traditional system of medicine popularly known as Ayurveda has been using Neem Tree as a rich source of medicines to cure Diabetes with many other diseases. Neem tree is found in countries like India & Burma. Today the Neem has got due recognition as safest medicine, thanks to all the researchers involved at international level.

Each & every part of Neem tree is used as medicine It is the most safe herb as it is without any side effects.  Neem leaf extract as well seed are very effective in diabetes control. Neem extracts help to reduce the blood glucose level. It also improves the blood circulation in the body. It is proved that neem is without any side effect, but neem administration should be done in consultation with a physician only. Daily intake of neem substance improves the immunity of body. Neem is termed as anti inflammatory, anti septic, anti bacterial & anti viral by the researchers.

Today neem has been used on a commercial basis to provide complete health care. Neem has curative powers. Neem can help cure diabetes in a safe manner as it cures the disease & has no side effect. Neem extract has been used to make tablets to ease the oral intake of neem. Daily administration of neem helps a lot to diabetic Now even a diabetic can have a better fight with the disease, thanks to Neem.

admin on August 18th 2010 in General