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Diet for someone with Diabetes?

Just recently been diagnosed with diabetes, I always thought I had low blood sugar so this is quite a change. So what kind of food should I watch out for? Other than the obvious things like sweets and junk food and what not, I eat pretty well anyways, but even just sprinkling sugar on my cereal this morning made me sick for three hours.

When it comes to labeling, I see fiber one bars with three or four grams of sugar, should that make me sick? When it comes to grams of sugar, when is too much? I know alot of packaged food has alot of processed sugar, if you have diabetes what kinds of food do you stick to? I have been scared to eat much, for fear of getting sick (I have been very very sick over the past week, which lead to the diagnosis of diabetes).

Thank you for taking time to answer, all advice is appriciated! :)

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One Response to “Diet for someone with Diabetes?”

  1. Anonymous says:

    The symptoms you have and the answers to your questions depend on the type of diabetes (type 1, type 2, gestational or pre-diabetes) you have been diagnosed with, and its stage (how advanced it is).

    As pointed out by Skeptic, numerous studies have shown that regardless of the type of diabetes you have, a whole food, plant-based diet will go a long way toward an healthy life.

    If you have type 1 diabetes, such a diet will result in a much more controlled (slower) release of glucose in your blood stream, allowing your injected fast-acting insulin to work better.

    If you have type 2 diabetes, eliminating fats (animal products, dairies, oils) will restore your sensitivity to glucose in a matter of weeks, and can entirely eliminate the problem within months. The same goes for gestational diabetes or pre-diabetes.

    When you consume food, make sure to avoid simple sugars such as table sugar, white bread, white rice, white pasta, anything "enriched" (which should really be called "depleted"), most morning cereals, etc. because they contain "simple sugars", which are digested very quickly, resulting in a glucose spike in your blood work and hyperglycemia, which can make you feel sick. Whole wheat products (brown bread, brown rice, brown pasta, whole wheat cereals) and legumes (beans, lentils, etc) are digested more slowly and allow your insulin (natural or injected) to prevent a glucose spike.

    The answers to your questions really depends on the type of diabetes you have.

    - Food with less than 5g of carbs are considered "free food" and can be consumed between meals. But at meal time, they must be counted if you have type 1 diabetes.

    - At meal time, if you have type 1 diabetes, you have to cover whatever amount of carbs you consume by injecting insulin. So there’s no limit as such (a healthy meal can provide 40-100g of carbs). For the other types of diabetes, it’s about consuming complex carbs, but most importantly eliminating animal fats and oils that will help control blood glucose (that same rule applies to type 1 diabetes, but carbs must be covered by insulin no matter what with type 1).

    - Food to stick to are whole-food, plant based products (whole wheat, etc), legumes, vegetables and fruits, as pointed out by "Sticky", and eliminate processed food. Note that a whole food diet requires you more cooking time (and carb calculation time), so you will need to plan several hours that in your weekly schedule for that. See link below.

    It seems overwhelming, but it’s just another lifestyle, different than what you were used to, but is successfully followed by many people in order to better control (even reverse in some cases) diabetes, heart rate diseases, cancers, etc.

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