People with diabetes need to be certain their meals are well balanced with insulin and/or other medications (if they are prescribed), and should exercise whenever possible to help manage blood glucose levels. Education is key for patients with diabetes, and learning how to make healthy choices and improved meal plans can have a significant effect on their overall health.
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The American Diabetes Association offers a free resource of recipes for healthy living aimed at people with diabetes. Patients don’t have to spend extra money on recipe books because they can sign up for free and receive an abundance of information via email. The recipes include budget-friendly options, 1-day meal plans, food and kitchen tips, and more. For additional information, please visit My Food Advisor on the American Diabetes Association website. These recipes are good for everyone, not just people with diabetes, and can be enjoyed by entire families.
The DASH Diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) places a strong emphasis on eating vegetables, whole grains, and fruits. US News & World Report has named this one the best diet for 2014. The concept is plant focused and rich in fruits, vegetables, nuts, lean meats, fish, poultry, whole grains, healthy fats, and low-fat or non-fat dairy. It’s recommended for patients with hypertension and prehypertension, and for reducing the risk of developing diabetes. More information can be found at the DASH Diet website.
Eating as a person with diabetes can have its challenges. Success won’t happen from bouncing around different diet plans, but in finding what works and making it a lifestyle choice to stay healthy.
- Dash Diet website. http://dashdiet.org/.
- What is a diabetes meal plan? American Diabetes Association website. http://www.diabetes.org/food-and-fitness/food/planning-meals/diabetes-meal-plans-and-a-healthy-diet.html.