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The 5 Best Diets for Regulating Blood Sugar Levels

By NaDica | Articles

Oct 03

A diabetes diet means consuming the healthiest foods in moderation and having regular mealtimes.

To be more specific a diabetes diet is actually a healthy-eating plan which is usually low in calories, fat and on the other hand rich in nutrients.

If you have prediabetes and diabetes, it is very likely that your doctor will recommend consulting a dietitian in order to have a healthy eating plan.

The proper diabetes diet can help control the blood glucose levels, risk factors for heart disease like high blood fats and high blood pressure and manage your weight. People that have diabetes find different ways to control their blood sugar levels.

Along with medication and physical activity, the long-term eating plan can have a crucial role in the amount of necessary insulin and the overall blood sugar variations which an individual experiences during the day.

This is not about some short-term plans to lose weight known as diets. Here, the term diet refers to a long-term,well-formulated plan to help control the blood sugar.

No matter which eating plan you choose, the key when it comes to long-term success is suitably formulated food on a daily basis which provides all the necessary nutrients.

Also, another benefit from the proper meal plan can be losing weight. However, that should not be your main focus. When it comes to proper eating plans, there are few which are most popular for diabetes management.

5 Popular Diets for Diabetes Management

1. Carbs Counting

In general, carbs counting is not seen as diet. In fact, it is seen as an insulin treatment plan. Carbs counting means consuming the standard, usual diet while adjusting the insulin on a necessary basis.

However, this might be difficult regarding estimation, particularly during irregular food items, irregular meal times or snack times.

2. Low-Carb

This type of diet is not new. As a matter of fact, this was among the first diabetes treatments before insulin was found and injectable insulin was made.

You should know that consuming low-carb is actually not insulin substitution. In fact, with a lower amount of carbs, one might need fewer diabetes drugs or insulin.

3. Vegan

A vegan diet is based on plant foods only, without any animal products. This diet removes all animal proteins and fats. This means no dairy products, eggs, bread, pasta and more.

Same as the vegetarian diets, people say that they have better insulin sensitivity once they remove animal products from their diet.

However, the vegan diet might be higher in carbs intake, since there is no consumption of lower-carb animal foods. Vegans obtain protein from plant sources.

4. Ketogenic

This diet is also known “Keto.” The main focus of this diet is on the nutritional ketone production with low carbs-lower protein eating plan. In order to make nutritional ketones, most individuals need to have under 30 g of carbs on a daily basis.

However, you should know that the nutritional ketones from consuming low-carb diets should not be confused with DKA, i.e., ketoacidosis.

Ketoacidosis, i.e., DKA is actually very severe condition. In this diet, the majority of calories come from plant and animal fats. In order to feel full during the day, you need to consume extra fats.

Often the term “low-carb” and “keto” are used interchangeably. However, they are not the same thing. They have different requirements when it comes to protein and fat consumption.

5. Vegetarian

A vegetarian diet can aid with protein spikes and insulin resistance induced by gluconeogenesis which is the metabolism of protein foods and the rise in blood glucose levels.

The vegetarian diets have different variations:

  • Lacto (dairy)
  • Ovo-Lacto (dairy and eggs)
  • Pescatarian (seafood and fish)

Often, vegetarians eat pasta, usual grocery store brands which are meat-free, bread, and different vegetables and fruits.

When it comes to the proper diet for your needs and diabetes management, there is no such thing as “one-size-fits-all.” Many people have success with their own personalized meal plan, and you need to find out what suits you the most.

Consult your doctor or dietitian, talk to friends who follow a certain diet for diabetes management and remember to focus on blood sugar improvement.

The first step is always the hardest, right? But, remember you are stronger than diabetes.

Source Diabetes Daily | Mayo Clinic