Diet is very important for people with diabetes. Switch to a scientific and appropriate diet to help control blood sugar.
Here are some myths and facts about diabetes to help you manage your condition.
1. Diabetics should never eat sugar
Eating too many sweets and treats will raise blood sugar levels. But sweet foods can be part of a balanced diet for people with diabetes. The key is to find the right portion size for each person. Consequently, each person will have a different amount of carbohydrates provided to the body each day. If you like to eat multiple servings, consuming carbohydrates due to sugar can make you feel hungry faster. Instead, indulge in sweets from time to time and focus on choosing healthier carbohydrates at meals.
2. Sugar is the cause of diabetes
According to the American Diabetes Association, there is no specific cause for diabetes. Weight, lifestyle, diet, age, and genetics affect a person’s risk of developing diabetes. No food or nutrient, not even sugar, is the main cause of the disease. However, a high-sugar diet is often higher in calories, which can lead to weight gain, increasing that risk factor.
3. Special foods essential for diabetes control
People with diabetes should strive to maintain a balanced diet, but don’t prepare separate meals for different family members. Balanced meals, including lean protein, vegetables, healthy fats, and whole grains, are good for everyone and can help control blood sugar.
4. Protein does not raise blood sugar
While protein doesn’t affect blood sugar as much as carbohydrates, each has a different amount that a person with diabetes should eat in a day.
Protein is a macronutrient that helps the body feel full after a meal. High-protein diets may be more effective for weight loss than standard protein diets. But protein, if not used to build muscle or other necessary molecules, is converted to calories, and too many calories can lead to weight gain.
5. Eliminating carbohydrate-rich foods helps control diabetes
The body’s carbohydrate needs can vary based on age, weight, and level of physical activity. Since carbs have the biggest impact on blood sugar, it will take some time to find the right amount of carbs for your body.
The best thing for people with diabetes is to go to a dietitian for advice, overcome nutritional “problems” and develop a personalized diet, appropriate to their lifestyle. Start by focusing on better quality carbohydrates and choose lower glycemic index options as well as foods with more fiber.
6. People with diabetes can eat all kinds of fats
Fat should be an important part of your diet, but choose foods that contain healthy fats. According to nutritionists, eating foods high in saturated fat can raise unhealthy cholesterol levels and increase the risk of heart attack and stroke.
7. Choose artificial sweeteners
There are many products on the market that contain diabetic-specific artificial sweeteners. But it’s the artificial sweeteners that can worsen insulin resistance in people with diabetes. When you go to the supermarket, choose products that are labeled sugar-free.
8. You can eat sweets while taking medication
Taking diabetes medicine doesn’t make it easy to eat the amount of sugar you want. It is important for people with diabetes to follow a nutrient rich diet along with medication. This will help control blood sugar and may help control the risk of diabetes-related complications.
9. Fruit is not good for diabetics
Because fruit contains a lot of natural sugar, people with diabetes think they shouldn’t eat fruit. Meanwhile, the fruit contains many essential nutrients and can be safely consumed in moderate amounts. Also eat whole fruit instead of juice.