Monday, March 02, 2009

Diabetic Diets - Be Prepared When You Visit A Dietician

Diabetic Diets

Diabetes is extremely common, in fact there are around 2 million people with this disease in the uk alone.

It is caused by your body either not producing enough insulin or not using the body's own insulin as well as it should. This causes the sugar levels in your blood to rise. Some of the symptoms for diabetes include:- - excessive thirst - excessive amounts of urine - weight loss - fatigue - irritated skin (itching) - dry mouth

Management of diabetes can not be achieved unless you follow diabetic diets, if you have recently been diagnosed with diabetes then you should receive advice from a dietitian regarding which diabetic diets are best for you to follow.

When you visit your dietitian they will provide you with knowledge of how to eat healthily and will most likely suggest lifestyle changes in order to reduce the risk of obesity and to ensure you stay at weight that suits your frame and height.

Diabetic diets do not just eliminate your sugar intake they are designed to help you reduce and monitor your fat intake providing you with a healthy diet that will control your cholesterol level, blood pressure and blood glucose which will lower the risk of other health problems.

If you need to loose weight and have diabetes ask your dietitian for diabetic diets that not only control your sugar intake but will also help you achieve your optimum weight. You will need to loose the weight slowly and follow a strict diet rather than just cutting out meals as this can cause your levels of sugar within your body to fall extremely quickly.

Introducing a fitness plan will help loose and maintain your weight as well as help control your blood sugar. Muscle movement burns calories and sugar reducing the sugar levels within your body.

Before you begin your exercise programme it is important to remember you may need to take some precautions. If you take insulin or any form of oral diabetes medication you will need to check your blood sugar levels before you begin. If they are less than 100 mg/dl you may need to take a carbohydrate snake before you begin and it is wise to check your levels at regular intervals during your exercise. If you are planning to exercise for a long duration of time make sure you plan carbohydrate snacks at regular intervals depending on your blood sugar levels.

Diabetes diets and exercise really is not that different to that of a healthy person as it follows the same nutrition principles, however if you have been diagnosed with diabetes then it is extremely important to stick to the diet. Always seek medical advice before starting any diet to ensure you understand the best and safest ways to stay fit and healthy and achieve your goals.

BY:Allen Jesson

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