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What's the best diet for Diabetes?

Being overweight is one of the greatest risk factor for type 2 diabetes. Moreover, your risk increases if you carry more fat around your abdomen. A belly fat surrounds the abdominal organs and is associated to insulin resistance. The risk of developing diabetes increases if you are a female with a waist circumference of 35 inches or more and a male with a waist circumference of 40 inches or more. It is essential to manage your blood glucose levels as well as lose weight. Healthy balanced eating can help control and reverse diabetes. Losing 5 to 10% of your total weight can help to reduce your blood sugar and blood pressure.

There are some dietary guidelines which are beneficial in preventing diabetes which are as follows:

The plate method

The American Diabetes Association provides a simple way of meal planning. It emphasizes on consuming more vegetables. It is recommended to follow these guidelines when preparing your plate. It helps you manage your portion size and it shows the amount of food group you should consume.

It is recommended to fill half of your plate with non starchy vegetables like carrots, beans, spinach etc.

It is suggested to fill a quarter of your plate with protein sources like lean chicken, eggs, tofu etc.

It is recommended to fill the last quarter with a whole grain such as quinoa, brown rice or starchy veggies such as beets, green peas etc.

Include healthy fats such as nuts or olive oil in minimal amounts

You could also add a serving of fruit or dairy.

Counting carbohydrates

It is essential to calculate the amount of carbohydrates you are consuming to help control the blood sugar since carbohydrates break down into glucose and can hugely impact blood glucose levels. Food logging can be beneficial to exactly understand the number of grams you are eating at meals. The ultimate aim is to remain below a certain number and be consistent. A kitchen scale such as Lifetrons Kitchen Scale can also help to measure the carbohydrate count. A nutritionist can guide you to measure food portions and inform you on carbohydrate content and serving size. For more information, read our article "A guide to food logging for effective weight loss".

Select foods mindfully

A dietitian can help you select specific foods which can help you in planning meals. It is essential to choose correct nutrition plan including healthy fats, lean proteins and complex carbohydrates. For more information, read our article " How to Reverse Diabetes Naturally."

Glycemic index

It is defined as the measure of how rapidly a food causes our blood sugar levels to rise. The measure ranks food from 0 to 100. It is recommended to eat foods with low glycemic index which can help to balance blood glucose level and different health conditions. For more information, read our article "Glycemic Index: How to Use It to get different health benefits".

Dash diet

DASH stands for dietary approaches to stop hypertension. According to research in Diabetes spectrum, it was reported that more than half of all adults having diabetes have high blood pressure. DASH diet helps to improve insulin resistance and obesity. According to a research, it is reported that this diet may reduce risk of type 2 diabetes by 20 percent. DASH diet emphasizes on eating lean protein, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts etc. For more information, read our article "The ideal Way to Beat Hypertension Is Through DASH diet." The DASH diet has been beneficial in reducing blood pressure and heart disorders.

Final Verdict

These dietary approaches can help in managing diabetes.

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