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Editorial Library Category: Health Topics: Diabetic Diet Title: The Right Way for Diabetics to Eat Author: newsLINK Staff Synopsis: There’s no question that losing weight can make a big difference when it comes to diabetes. But if you’ve ever looked at the traditional diet for a diabetic, you already know it consists of strict limits on both carbohydrates and calories. Editorial: The Right Way for Diabetics to Eat 4064 South Highland Drive, Millcreek, Utah 84124 │ thenewslinkgroup.com │ (v) 801.676.9722 │ (tf) 855.747.4003 │ (f) 801.742.5803 Editorial Library | © The newsLINK Group LLC 1 Many experts now believe that the cause of today’s type 2 diabetes epidemic has its source in two dietary choices: Meat and cheese dishes Highly processed carbohydrates like sugar and white flour There’s no question that losing weight can make a big difference when it comes to diabetes. But if you’ve ever looked at the traditional diet for a diabetic, you already know it consists of strict limits on both carbohydrates and calories. The idea is not to change the choices; it’s about changing just the quantities involved. A diet that is too restrictive doesn’t work well because it means you will probably have to deal with hunger on a constant basis as you try to lose weight. That is not a formula for success for most people. Feeling deprived and desperate for food is exactly the condition that leads many people to eat even more of the foods that are the very worst for them. Fortunately, you don’t have to put yourself on a diet like that in order to succeed. By changing your food choices you can also change the dynamics of how you diet. Imagine not having to weigh or measure anything, and being able to eat until you are satisfied. In other words, you can lose weight without being hungry if you will just eat a low-fat, plant-based diet. What does that actually mean in terms of what you get to eat? It is really as simple as a change in direction. Most people eat large amounts of meat, starch, and sugar, and not nearly enough grains, legumes, fruits, and vegetables. Some people don’t eat any fruits or vegetables at all, and it isn’t good for them. This plan is the opposite: Stop eating animal protein and fatty foods. You will avoid meat, dairy, and oils. Instead of the animal protein and fatty foods, eat as many grains, legumes, fruits, and vegetables as you want. You might recognize that this is a vegan diet. You may have thought that a vegan diet is an extreme one, but it works because of the way the body’s digestive system works. Your body turns starches and sweets into glucose. That glucose is intended as fuel for your muscle cells. When your pancreas makes insulin, which is a hormone, the insulin helps cells store the glucose. If there is too much glucose, your cells become resistant to the insulin and the glucose stays in your blood. Eventually, that extra glucose in the blood can result in type 2 diabetes. People with type 2 diabetes may notice feeling tired and unnaturally thirsty. They need to urinate frequently, and sometimes notice their vision is blurry. Type 2 diabetes has serious long-term consequences. It exposes you to an increased risk of nerve damage, blindness, kidney problems, and heart disease, along with other serious problems. There are sound reasons for avoiding saturated fats and oils: Fats and oils are a problem because they interfere with the way insulin moves glucose into cells. Although you could just stick to foods like skinless chicken, baked fish, and skim milk, the hard reality is that that is probably not a drastic enough change to help you control your diabetes. And controlling your diabetes is something you really want to do, since the alternative is such a serious one. Vegetable oils are healthier than saturated fat, but some experts don’t think you need very much, and everything you need you can get just from eating the right foods. Also, of course, never forget that oil and fat each have nine calories per gram, compared to four calories for a gram of carbohydrate. Too much animal protein can make it harder for your kidneys to do their job, and it can cause you to lose precious calcium. Saturated fats have been linked to some forms of cancer, insulin resistance, and heart disease.
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