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I.What is the importance of Diet?

Diet has a very important role in prevention of Diabetes and good control of blood sugar in person with diabetes. Diet and lifestyle changes are important to prevent conversions of pre-diabetes to Diabetes.

II. What diet is ideal for me?

Follow a diet which is just right in calories for your weight as advised by your doctor. Diet should maintain an ideal weight, (it should not add or lose your weight).

III.What is an ideal weight?

Ask your doctor for an ideal weight for height chart which gives your ideal weight.

V. How can you lose weight?

It is recommended that you consume adequate calories as advised by your doctor and exercise regularly for at least 30minutes for 5 days in a week. Once you lose weight try to maintain the ideal weight.

VI. How much weight you should lose?

5 to 7% weight loss is ideal which helps in controlling blood sugar level.

VII. Should you avoid sugars?

YES, eating food and eatables containing glucose, sucrose will increase your blood sugar immediately. Hence simple sugars act as emergency medication if you are in low sugar (hypoglycemia).

VIII. Can you drink fruit juices?

No, you can’t drink fruit juice but you can eat whole fruit in recommended quantity.

IX. Can you  drink tender coconut?

No

X. What vegetables and fruits can you consume?

You can consume vegetables rich in fiber such as green leafy vegetables cucumber, knol-khol, raddish etc and fruits like sweet lime orange, papaya, guava, apple and pears.

XI. Insulin, Can you control my blood sugar by fasting?

NO, if you have high blood glucose and if you fast, your body tunes to adapt to fasting state by producing ketones which is very dangerous. If you are on insulin fasting or skipping a meal can result(put you into life threatening state)in low blood sugars which is dangerous.

XII. What should you do when you feel hungry between meals?

Persons with diabetes should follow at least five to six meal and snack pattern. They should split the usual three day meals to five /six meal pattern without adding extra calories.

XIII. Should you restrict all the foods?

NO, there are certain foods like green leafy vegetables which can be consumed in plenty which are rich in fiber, minerals, vitamins and also adds to the antioxidant effect for the body.

XIV. Are meat and eggs harmful?

NO, Meat and Eggs can be consumed but in limited quantity. People with diabetes are prone for high cholesterol, hence meats and eggs will add to the cholesterol level. Fish is an ideal food which can be consumed liberally (method of cooking is also important).

XV. Which vegetables are rich in carbohydrate?

All roots and tubers, such as potato, tapioca, colacasia, sweet potato etc, and beetroot are some foods rich in carbohydrate, which has to be taken into account for calorie counting.


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