What is "Diets for Diabetics"?
Our website is dedicated to supporting Diabetics in their quest to maintain healthy blood sugar levels and a healthy lifestyle.
We offer you Recipes, Remedies for Diabetic problems and Articles on Diabetes all to address this Diabetic Condition.
What is important in addressing the Diabetic Condition? I'm sure you've heard this before: Nutrition & Exercise.
But what does that mean? What nutrition? What should you eat?
First let's answer the question:
What causes the high blood sugar levels in Type 2 Diabetes?
High blood sugar levels are caused by insulin resistance, and insulin resistance is caused mainly by a diet that is too high in carbohydrates and a lack of certain nutrients.
Carbohydrates are simply long chains of sugar molecules (glucose) hooked end-to-end. When you eat carbohydrates your normal digestive process breaks up these chains into the individual sugar molecules, and they pass right through your intestinal wall into your bloodstream, and load up your bloodstream with sugar.
If this happened every once in a while it would not be a problem.
But as diets today are so high in carbohydrates, you have
had a constant high level of sugar pouring into your bloodstream
year after year. This requires your body to continuously produce
high levels of insulin to keep that blood sugar level down. (Insulin's
job is to push sugar out of the bloodstream into the cells where
it is used for energy.)
Eventually the cells in your body became insensitive to the effects
of the insulin (insulin resistance). To handle this problem
of insulin resistance your body began to produce even higher levels
of insulin. This continued until your pancreas reached the
maximum amount of insulin it could produce, and when the insulin
resistance increased again, your blood sugar began to rise out of
control. The result is type 2 diabetes. (Type 2 diabetes
is actually an extreme case of insulin resistance.)
What can you do?
you have not already done so, you need to eliminate ALL the starchy
carbohydrates from your diet and stop loading up your body with
sugar. Even small amounts of these starchy carbohydrates will
prevent your sugar levels from coming down. This action will
give your body a "breather" and the insulin will be able
to do its job of pushing the sugar out of your bloodstream and into
the cells, your blood sugar level will normalize and the high level
of insulin in your body will drop along with it.
To better understand why a low carbohydrate diet, go to the Article: Anatomy of Carbohydrates
Another article is Carbohydrates in Nutrition by a medical doctor on the effects of carbohydrates on someone who is diabetic or insulin resistant.
take the time to read these.
type of diabetic diet plan do you need to follow?
foods you must eliminate from your diet to help make this happen
are foods high in carbohydrates. You can click on this link low
carbohydrate foods for a list of food to eat with type 2 diabetes
- what you can eat, what you can't eat.
Exercise for Diabetics
Another activity that will increase your body's sensitivity to insulin is doing resistance exercises. These are exercises such as lifting weights or pulling or pushing against muscles, by using various muscle exercise equipment. If you are not physically up to this type of exercise, begin a walking program, even if it is only walking for 20 minutes, 3 times a week.
more information about exercise go to Diabetic
Diet for Diabetics Recipes
with what foods to eat, we also have our Recipes
for Diabetics. We've collected Low Carb Recipes for you for
a healthier lifestyle.
Remedies for Diabetics
are certain conditions that go along with Diabetes. We've compiled
a list of them and remedies we've found that work. Go to our
Article for Diabetics
have many articles that you can read to increase your knowledge.
For the Index go to Articles
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