Medical experts evaluate the nutritional foods necessary for a diabetic person.Â There is a certain amount of carbohydrates, fat, protein and total calories needed in a diet plan for diabetics.Â The question is, do this diet plan is really helpful for a diabetic person?
First, let us simplify the meaning of diabetes.Â Diabetes or diabetes mellitus is a medical condition wherein there is a deficiency of insulin inside the body.Â Insulin is a hormone secreted by the pancreas which is essential in dissolving the blood sugar and transforming it into energy.Â This is the reason why blood sugar of a diabetic person is mostly at high level if eating the right foods will not take into consideration.Â There are two types of diabetes, the type I or the insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus which mostly affect the younger ages or formerly known as juvenile-onset diabetes mellitus characterized by completely insulin deficiency.Â The other one is the Type II or the non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus which mostly affect the adult ages, the reason why it is formerly known as adult-onset diabetes which is characterized by having inadequate level of insulin.Â This type occurs in people with more than 40 years of age.Â So, whether you are having a type I or type II diabetes this diet regimen is very necessary if you want to enjoy a normal life.
What are the goals of this diet plan for a diabetic person?Â
- First, is to attain a within normal blood sugar level.Â Diabetic person, insulin dependent or having an oral medication should combine with a proper calorie intake and exercise.
- To prevent heart ailment, control blood pressure and even cholesterol level.
- To obtain a rational weight.Â Maintaining a reasonable weight helps to control the blood sugar or glucose level.Â The reasonable weight is the attainable and sustainable to reach the normal sugar level of the blood.
These are the foods should include in the 7 day diet of a diabetic person
1.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Dairy Products
Milk and yogurt are the best example of dairy products that may provide a best result in Â Â Â controlling blood sugar because they contain high in protein and low rate in glycemic index.Â A Â low-fat yogurt and fat-free milk has both a little glycemic index which is below 32.Â But there is Â one of the dairy products that can not be included in this 7 day diet meal and that is the ice cream Â because of its high glycemic index rate which is 61.
2.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Fruits Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
There are many fruits that are well absolutely fit in a 7 day diet meal.Â These are the cherries, Â grapefruit, dried apricots, pears, apples, peaches, grapes and oranges for they have all low Â glycemic index rates below 50.Â The pineapple and watermelon are not included in this list because of their high glycemic index rate which is above 60.Â Fruit salad with fruits that have low Â glycemic index rate may take into the seven-day diet meal.Â Some diabetic people include fruits in Â their lunch time meal.
3.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Vegetables
Vegetables are the most excellent kind of food for this diet meal plan.Â Examples of these Â vegetables are artichoke, cauliflower, asparagus, broccoli, cucumber, celery, green beans, Â eggplant, peppers, lettuce, spinach, snow peas, young summer squash and tomatoes for they Â have low glycemic index rate.Â Vegetables contain fiber that can help control and even prevent Â diabetes. Meals contain with high dietary fiber has an action of reducing the blood glucose level. Â Â It contains pectin which is responsible for this action.Â However, broad beans are exceptional for Â they have high rate in glycemic index.Â Vegetable salads are also best food that may include in Â this diet meal.
4.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Pasta
There are types of pasta that are detrimental and should be avoided by a diabetic person.Â But Â there is pasta that would be completely well in this diet meal and these are the fettuccine, protein- Â enriched spaghetti, vermicelli and meat-filled ravioli with low glycemic index rate of below 50.Â Macaroni and cheese is not safe as well as the brown rice pasta for they have high glycemic index Â rate.Â Putting some vegetables in the pasta is also a good idea.
A diabetic person should always take guidelines when it comes to a diet meal plan.Â There is an individualized diet meal regimen effective to a certain diabetic person depending on their physical condition.Â The proportion daily food intake of a diabetic person is carbohydrates should be 50% to 60%, protein with 12% to 20% and fat with not more than 30% and with no more than 10% from saturated fats.
Avoidance of unhealthy foods that can aggravate level of blood sugar will help a lot to maintain a good normal level.