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Guest Blogger: Diet for Diabetes

August 17, 2012

Today, I’m featuring guest blogger Elizabeth Carrollton, who writes for Drugwatch.com. This piece is about how nutrition affects diabetes and diabetes risk.

 

Diabetes health is not just related to taking prescription drugs. In fact, managing diabetes also revolves around controlling weight issues through diet and exercise. Without receiving proper nutrition and limiting one’s intake of foods that negatively affect one’s blood sugar, it is nearly impossible to avoid serious consequences of uncontrolled glucose levels.

Once a physician implements drug therapy to regulate glucose levels, a person’s blood sugar will be managed to a certain extent. However, if a person still continues to eat foods that spike sugar levels, medications will not be nearly as effective. In addition, an individual may be dealing with serious side effects from their medication. (For example, Actos has been linked to an increased risk of bladder cancer.) Filing an Actos Lawsuit is an avenue thousands of patients have used, due to these severe side effects.

One reason to diet is to manage weight problems. Obesity or just being overweight can affect a person’s resistance to insulin. Having weight issues also contributes to developing type 2  diabetes. Not to mention, if a person already has diabetes and gains weight, glucose levels are more likely to rise even higher than before. Therefore, to maintain normal blood sugar levels and to positively impact one’s diabetes health, a person should lose weight. According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), even losing 10 to 15 pounds has a significant influence on the person’s overall health and diabetes.

The type of diet recommended by a physician or nutrition counselor will be affected by the patient’s current lifestyle, body type and severity of the diabetes. Generally, eating healthy and watching one’s refined carbohydrate intake can greatly manage diabetes health. For instance, eating a diet that’s high in fiber can help a person to lose weight. This diet helps to keep sugar levels from rising. Foods high in fiber are part of a heart-healthy diet, since they help to lower cholesterol levels. Whole-grain bread and pasta, along with high-protein foods, are key in a balanced diet for people living with diabetes.

Another type of diet commonly associated with diabetes focuses on the glycemic index. The glycemic index is a scale used to rank foods by the amount of carbs they contain. Basically, the ranking system rates foods by their potential to affect glucose levels. This type of diet is often prescribed to positively affect diabetes health. However, in some instances, glycemic index diets are used for weight loss as well. According to the Mayo Clinic, using this kind of diet may be a long-term option for controlling diabetes and for losing weight.

Elizabeth Carrollton writes about defective medical devices and dangerous drugs for Drugwatch.com.

 

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