What? I am Diabetic !Oh no…………….,That means, now I haveto follow only oneparticular diet plan,I can’t have sweets,I can’t enjoy parties,Oh GOD! How can Ifollow such a strictdiet plan.Please doctor do something, I want to enjoymy life………….Please doctor!
Don’t get panic mydear,I am always hereto help you out.And who said thatyou can’t enjoy yourlife,Of coarse, diabetesis a chronicdisease, and itrequires certain Come, I will take you to a Dietitianrestrictions in your who will guide you about your dietdiet, but that and clear all your doubts.doesn’t mean thatyou lose hope like Thank you, doctor.this.
Hello, Ms. RubyHow are you?I am Fine, thank youHow are you Dr. RichaI am fine,Meet my patientShe is being diagnosed asDiabetes. Hello, Ms. ShrutiAnd she is worried about Hello, Ms. Rubyher diet, can you pleasehelp her. What makes you panic about Diabetes Ms. ShrutiOf course, why not. Ms. Ruby I am very fond of sweets, now that I am Diabetic I am worried about my diet, I just can’t live without sweets.
Ms. Shruti, actually thereare many myths aboutDiabetes.Many people think thatDiabetics have to follow avery strict diet plan, theyhave to totally cut downsweets, bla bla bla……..But you know, A Diabetic canalso enjoy his food same as anormal person. Of course, heneeds certain restrictions, Oh really, Ms. Rubybut that doesn’t means thathe has to totally change his Thank you very much.food pattern.I will explain you some ofthe facts and myths relatedto Diabetes
• Myth: Eating too Fact: No, it does not. much sugar causes •Type 1 diabetes is caused by diabetes. genetics and unknown factors that trigger the onset of the disease •Type 2 diabetes is caused by genetics and lifestyle factors. Being overweight does increase your risk for developing type 2 diabetes, and a diet high in calories, whether from sugar or from fat, can contribute to weight gain. •If you have a history of diabetes in your family, eating a healthy meal plan and regular exercise are recommended to manage your weight.
• Myth: People with diabetes should eat special diabetic foods . Fact: A healthy meal plan for people with diabetes is generally the same as a healthy diet for anyone – low in fat (especially saturated and trans fat), moderate in salt and sugar, with meals based on whole grain foods, vegetables and fruit.
• Myth: People with diabetes cant eat sweets, deserts or chocolate.Fact:You can develop many strategies for including desserts in adiabetes diet.for example:•Use artificial sweeteners in desserts.•Cut back on the amount of dessert,instead of two scoops of icecream, have one.•Make desserts more nutritious, use whole grains,fresh fruit, and vegetable oil when preparing desserts.•Expand your dessert horizons. Instead of ice cream, pie, or cake,try fruit, a whole-wheat oatmeal-raisin cookie, or yogurt.
• Myth: Fruit is a healthy food. Therefore, it is ok to eat as much of it as you wish.Fact: Fruit is a healthy food. It contains fiberand lots of vitamins and minerals. Becausefruits contain carbohydrates, they need to beincluded in your meal plan. But it should be keptin mind that fruits with complex carbohydrateslike apple, guava should be given and fruits withsimple carbohydrates like banana, sapota shouldbe restricted. No fruit juices should be given
• Myth: Artificial Sweeteners Are Dangerous for People with Diabetes. . Fact: Artificial sweeteners are much sweeter than the equivalent amount of sugar, so it takes less of them to get the same sweetness found in sugar. This can result in eating fewer calories than when you do use sugar. The American Diabetes Association approves the use of several artificial sweeteners in diabetes diets, including: Saccharin (SweetN Low) Aspartame (NutraSweet, Equal) Acesulfame potassium (Sunett) Sucralose (Splenda)
Myth: If you have diabetes, you should only eat smallamounts of starchy foods, such as bread, potatoes andpasta. Fact: Starchy foods are part of a healthy meal plan. What is important is the portion size. Whole grain breads, cereals, pasta, rice and starchy vegetables like potatoes, yams, peas and corn can be included in your meals and snacks. The key is portions.
So, Ms. Shruti,Now that you know thefacts about diabetesdiets, you can take stepsto learn even more aboutmaking wise food choices.Together with exerciseand medication, you canuse what you eat as aneffective tool for keepingyour blood sugar levelswithin normal ranges. That Thank you, Ms. Rubyis the best diabetes dietof all. You have cleared all my doubts Now, I can enjoy my life being a diabetic also. Thank you so much. Oh! Its my duty, my dear.