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Diabetes and the American Diabetic Diet

Author: Jose Felipe Abrigo

Nearly 21 million Americans have diabetes. Since it is a widespread disease in the US, knowing the basics about diabetes and the American diabetic diet is beneficial for those who have this medical condition.

Here are a few important things that you need to know about American diabetic diet, especially those who have just been diagnosed with the disease:

1. There are no specific guidelines on how to control diabetes.
Generally, you have to maintain a healthy lifestyle, which means you have to eat nutritious foods, get involved in regular physical activity, and religiously follow your medication guidelines.

2. What does it mean to eat healthy for people with diabetes?
It means eating nutritious foods (fruits, vegetables, proteins, carbohydrates, and all foods rich in vitamins and minerals) in moderation while limiting unhealthy fats, cholesterol, and salt. What you are eating should reduce the risk of heart disease and other diabetes-related complications. Take a look at what other healthy people are eating. People with diabetes can eat these foods as well. However, it is important to limit your portion sizes and maintain a regular eating schedule.

3. Learn how to read labels.
Most food labels show daily values based on a 2,000-calorie diet, which is much higher than what diabetics should take. Normally, people with the disease are allowed to take 1,200 - 1,800 calories per day.

4. Do not skip meals.
The goal of every diabetic diet is to keep the sugar level stable at all times. If you skip meals, your tendency is to eat more than what is required on the next meal. This causes your sugar level to fluctuate and the extra calories are stored as fat.

5. Ensure that the blood glucose levels are controlled.
Schedule three regular meals and two to three light snacks in between.

6. Create an American diabetes meal plan with your dietitian.
A well-prepared meal plan helps you choose the kind of foods that you should eat during meal and snack times. Since it is a plan, it should fit your schedule, eating habits, and food preferences. More importantly, it is designed to help improve and maintain a desirable blood sugar level and keep your weight on track.

Knowing these things can help you improve your condition and change your outlook about diabetes. Remember, diabetes can be successfully managed if you are careful with what you eat and if you follow what your doctors are saying.

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