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  1. 1. ==== ====See these articles on diabetes Check more at www.selfhelpinfodepot.comFor information, go to my website ====Diabetes mellitus affects millions of people all over the world, and it can come in three main forms.In all forms, the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas no longer produce adequate amounts ofinsulin, a hormone that aids in breaking down sugars in the bloodstream for use as energysources. This can change the diabetics menu drastically.People with Type 1 diabetes suffer from an autoimmune disorder that leads the body to destroythe insulin-producing cells of the pancreas. People with Type 2 diabetes have body tissues thatare resistant to the effects of insulin. Women with gestational diabetes suffer symptoms similar toType 2 diabetes because of hormones produced during pregnancy.Type 2 diabetes can be managed or controlled with a diabetic-friendly menu. In addition to adiabetes Type 2 menu that consists of avoiding certain foods or substituting some foods for others,doctors also recommend that people with Type 2 diabetes should increase the frequency of theirexercise, but not to the point of tiring themselves out. With greater physical activity, patientsdealing with Type 2 diabetes can lose weight and lower their chances of running into diabetescomplications, such as cardiovascular disease and hypertension.What Constitutes a Diabetic Menu?In general, people with Type 2 diabetes can consume only a limited amount of fats, but higherlevels of whole grains and fiber. People with Type 2 diabetes may also be required to lower theirconsumption of foods with a high glycemic index, or lower amounts of carbohydrates. This canease the bodys metabolic load of having to break down sugars, although not all low glycemic-index foods are recommended for diabetics.Some food companies have cashed in on diabetes, and have their own versions of a diabetesfood list consisting of supposedly substituted foods and diabetic-friendly foods. Doctors, however,warn against the consumption of such products, as they can be expensive, and will often have noreal benefits to people suffering from diabetes. Moreover, because the purportedly diabetic-friendly foods are low in sugar, they can often contain substitutes that are high in flavor, butlikewise high in fats.Doctors and dietitians will generally recommend taking whole fibers, as well as fresh fruits andvegetables at about five serving portions a day. Not all fruits and vegetables, however, arerecommended; for instance, some mangoes and lychees are high in fruit sugar, which canincrease the metabolic load on diabetics.Because of a natural predisposition to hypertension, people with Type 2 diabetes are often
  2. 2. cautioned to stay away from high sodium foods such as chips, preserved or processed meatproducts, canned goods, instant soups, and crackers. People with Type 2 diabetes might also beprescribed sodium or salt substitutes.A common mistake diabetics make is to remove sugar entirely from their diabetic food exchangelist, and taking sugar substitutes only. However, diabetics still need an energy source, so if takenin moderate amounts, sugar can still be a part of the menu. Sugar should be eaten within a meal,and it can be consumed in the forms of fruit pies, pudding, or frozen yogurt.Diet colas are also recommended, as they will use sugar substitutes; however, because suchcolas are high in caffeine, doctors do not recommend them to diabetics who are prone to tremorsbrought about by caffeine consumption.How Can You Avail of a Diabetic Menu?Menus for diabetics will caution people with diabetes to stay away completely from fats, especiallysaturated fats found in chicken skin, dairy, butter, and solid vegetable fats. Typically, a diabeticfood list will recommend using canola and olive oil, low-fat or non-fat milk, diabetic-friendly cheese,and low-fat yogurt. A diabetic food list will also allow consumption of meats that are boiled, grilled,broiled, or baked, but not fried.If you are looking for a complete diabetic food list, you can talk to your physician or consult with alicensed dietitian or nutritionist. Such experts can give you a list of foods that you can eat, as wellas recommendations on how you can plan your diet without having a difficult time switching to thenew low-sodium, low-saturated fat, low sugar regimen.With the guidance of your physician, you can look for sample diabetic menus online that can trulyhelp you get the nutrition that you need. Take caution when looking at diabetic free menus, andnever follow an online diabetic sample menu without consulting your physician first.With persistence on your part, as well as expert opinions from your physician, dietitian, andnutritionist, you can manage your Type 2 diabetes. You can still live a normal, productive life, andyou can keep your body from plunging into medical complications that can be difficult to deal with.Stick to your diet, get a good diabetics menu, always check your diabetes sugar count, and youcan find that your diabetes can be easy to manage.Flor Serquina is a successful Webmaster and publisher of Sheprovides more information on topics such as diabetics menu [], diets for Type 2 diabetes [] and South Beach diet and diabetes [] that you can research on her websiteeven while lounging in your living room.
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