Monday, February 16, 2009

Diabetic Diets - Is it Alright to Have Sugar?

Diabetic Diets

When people find out that they have diabetes, they assume they can no longer have sugar, but this is a false assumption. Their body does, in fact, still need sugar to supply their cells with the energy it needs to do their job. The difference between diabetics and non-diabetics is in how their body processes the sugar that is consumes. Being aware of how your body processes the sugar will help in finding the diabetic diet that is ideal for you.

Typically when someone eats food in a regular diet, the pancreas kicks in and starts to process the sugar. The pancreas starts producing enough insulin to match the amount of sugar that is consumed. The insulin provides an entry way for the sugar to enter the cells in the body. Once in the cells, it provides the body the energy it needs to operate.

In diabetics however, the pancreas and sugar behave differently. The sugar does not get into the bodies cells as it should. This is often why diabetics find themselves very lethargic, because the sugar isn't entering the cells that provide the energy. We will look at both types of diabetics, type 1 and type 2 and see how their body processes the sugar that is consumed.

Type 1 diabetics can not produce enough insulin to carry the sugar into their cells usually because their pancreas has stopped working. The sugar then runs amuck inside their body and causes great harm to the other organs. This is why they have to take insulin shots. The insulin shots perform the work that the pancreas can no longer carry out and helps the person to keep their body in good condition.

In a type 2 diabetic the pancreas produces enough insulin that the body needs, however, the insulin can not open the bodies calls so the sugar can get in. The sugar then start building up and the pancreas kicks in and starts producing more and more insulin and eventually burns out. Once it burns out, the person then advances to a type 1 diabetic and will be dependent on insulin shots to process the sugar.

All diabetics need to manage the sugar that enters their bodies. The difference comes into play in how the pancreas handles the sugar that distributed into the cells. Type 1 diabetics need an insulin shot when they eat to process the sugar because their pancreas can not work. Type 2 diabetics have a good chance at improving their pancreas function by watching their sugar intake and thus making their lives healthier.

So, it is vital that type 2 diabetics start managing their sugar intake so they can maintain a healthy body and lifestyle. One of the best ways to get your sugar intake down is to go on a diet, and this is where the term 'diabetic diet' came from. But do not let the term 'diet' scare you, you will not have to stop eating the food you love and you will not have to eat bland cardboard tasting foods. You can simply watch the amount of food you consume and try and substitute your foods with brands that have less sugar. One great example is jelly. Regular jelly has around 16 grams carbohydrates, which turns into sugar, and a reduced sugar jelly has around 6 grams carbohydrates. Just by switching to a jelly that contains less sugar, you will then be consuming less sugar and will be making your pancreas work less as well.

So yes, even though you are a diabetic, you still need sugar. The sugar provides your cells the energy they need to keep you and your body healthy and functioning. One easy way to start managing your sugar intake is to go through all the foods you normally eat and substitute them for products that contain fewer carbohydrates. This way, you can still eat the foods you normally eat while lowering the amount of sugar your body has to process.

By:Delynda Lardone

Diabetic Weight Loss Diets

Diabetic Diets

These are the days of increased disposable incomes, sedentary lifestyles, and large servings. The result is that almost everybody is fighting the battle of the bulge. And often it seems that it’s a losing battle. Obesity is the scourge of millions: it leads to all kinds of medical and psychological complications and it assumes even more alarming proportions when it occurs with diabetes. As the case is, diabetics have to live with the risk of organ damage, and they obviously wouldn’t want obesity to act as the catalyst. So it is imperative that obese diabetics combat their weight problems.

For years, obese diabetics were recommended a low-calorie, low-fat diet, which actually proved to be detrimental to their health. In fact, the best way to tackle obesity is to strike it at its root, and the root is not fat but carbohydrates. Dietary fat is not readily transformed into body fat, so severely limiting it will not solve the problem. Restricting the intake of carbohydrates is the only way out; firstly, because it keeps tabs on blood-sugar levels and secondly, because it keeps obesity at bay.

In a low-carb diet, sugar in its raw form and especially aerated drinks, confectioneries, and white flour should be taken only in minute amounts. These hit the bloodstream instantly and raise the blood-glucose levels. Furthermore, these are instantaneously converted to fat cells. On the other hand, there’s a group of carbohydrates, termed complex carbohydrates, which are not so harmful. They are comprised of food items like bread, pasta, cereal, etc. The body takes a longer time to break them down; as such it takes that much longer to convert them into fat cells.

Lessening the amount of carbohydrates consumed also leads to weight reduction in another way: when one is deprived of carbohydrates, and thus deprived of one source of energy, the body resorts to burning the fat cells when the need for energy arises. Fat cells burned in this manner lead to considerable weight reduction. You will have the lion’s share of fats from vegetable oils, avocados, fish liver oil, sunflower oil, etc., but never butter and margarine, and proteins from nuts, cheese, poultry, legumes, etc.

Thus, one’s weight-loss regime doesn’t mean bypassing fat altogether, unlike other diets. It is as simple as eating heartily with few carbohydrates and considerably larger portions of fats and proteins, so that you remain full and don’t feel the urge to gorge on sugary foods afterwards.

By:Eddie Tobey