Diabetes Management: Tips for Maintaining a Diabetes-Friendly Diet

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Living with diabetes is an ongoing challenge that will require you to understand the components of proper nutrition for optimal health. When you do eat the right foods and know what to avoid, you can significantly reduce your risk for diabetes-related health complications and keep your condition in check so that managing medication and blood sugar is not a problem. Here are some basic tips for designing a diet to reduce your health issues associated with diabetes and get you started on a healthier lifestyle:

  • Identify the right carbohydrates: You might think that carbohydrates are completely off limits for a diabetes-friendly diet, but carbohydrates are actually an important component of a balanced diet that will keep your blood sugar stable. The key to eating carbohydrates is making the right choices. For instance, whole grains, sweet potatoes, oats, and high fiber cereals all consist of complex carbohydrates, which digest slower and therefore do not cause spikes in blood sugar.
  • Diversify your fruits and vegetables: Eating for good health does not mean that you have to limit yourself to a select few foods. In fact, choosing a diverse array of foods will give you the full spectrum of nutrients that you need to stay healthy. You can get the most variety out of produce by choosing several different colors and textures when you buy fruits and veggies. Stick to fresh varieties so that you can always get the fullest nutrition from what’s in season.
  • Eat more good fats: The term “good fat” may sound like an oxymoron, but it describes foods that are good for heart and circulatory health. Good fats can be found in fish, olive oil, and nuts. These foods are not only good for your heart, but they take longer for the body to digest because of their fat content.

For more helpful guidance on living with diabetes, explore the free classes available from Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center for diabetes management. Contact us for more information on these classes by calling our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 233-5300 or visiting our website. 

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