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What is the best diet to prevent Diabetes?

Diabetes runs very strong in my family. My grandmother had her leg amputated because of it and now my mother has it. Is there a good strict diet or eating plan out there so that I can lower my chances of getting it? Ive already started monitoring my blood sugar on a daily basis. Im only 21 and so its better to start young. I want a long, happy and healthy life.


One Response to “What is the best diet to prevent Diabetes?”

  1. reginachick22 says:

    Assuming it is TYPE 2 diabetes that runs in your family (Type 1 is the rarer "severe" kind that is not preventable):

    -Eat small frequent meals with lean protein, non startchy veggies, good fats like oilve oil, and lots of fibre. Limit your carbs, fast acting sugars, and fatty meats. Eat fish daily (i.e. wild salmon). If you want carbs, eat oats, beans, and brown rice.

    -Eliminate trans fats (found in many processed foods), high fructose corn syryp (found in soft drinks), and junk/fast food. Don’t keep processed food in the house, and try to eat as "natural" as possible. Things like crackers are manmade and not always as healthy as we think. Many cracker brands have trans fats. A better choice for a snack would be a handful of nuts, some low fat cheese, and a few stalks of celery with natral peanut butter or a few grapes.

    -Fruit has fibre and is *generally* fine, although some fruit like bananas are high glycemic and do raise the blood sugar quite fast. Don’t avoid fruit, just don’t make it your main course of a meal. DO avoid fruit juices, which are usually loaded with sugars and carbs, and lack fibre. Have actual real fruit instead.

    You should actually try and exercise 45 min, 5 days per week. The more you move, the better. Walk everywhere.

    Do note that some cases of Type 2 diabetes tend to run very strong in families, and there is always a chance that you may still develop it strictly due to genetics. But the good news is:

    -If you do end up developing Type 2 diabetes, you will be able to control it better and stay healthier if you follow a healthy lifestyle.

    -The *vast majority* of Type 2 diabetes cases can be prevented or at least delayed into old age with proper lifestyle choices. So the odds are in your favor. Often the reason why Type 2 diabetes runs in families has more to due with a shared *lifestyle* than genetics only.

    Either way, we ALL need to follow a healthy lifestyle to stay healthy period, diabetes or not.

    Good luck and congrats for being proactive with your health! It will serve you well in the long run no matter what!


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