A Type 2 Diabetes diet is really no different from the healthy diet advocated for everyone. It is not necessary to buy special diabetes food, it is sensible to pay attention to diabetes nutrition and your doctor may well recommend a diabetes diet plan if you are overweight or obese in order that you can lose some weight to make the maintenance of healthy blood glucose levels easier.
The main purpose of following a Type 2 Diabetes diet is to help the diabetic maintain blood sugar levels within a healthy range and keep blood fats (lipids) at a level that reduces the risk of vascular disease – a known complication of diabetes.
Food and nutrition requirements are very personal and can be influenced not just by a health condition but by budget, culture, location and a willingness to learn and make changes.
A diet for diabetes includes all of the healthy eating recommendations made by just about every nutrition authority: high fiber/ low glycemic carbohydrates, low fat dairy products, water, oily fish, lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, a reduction in saturated fats.
By eating unprocessed, fresh foods you maximize your nutrient intake which naturally works to improve the lowered levels of many of the trace elements that have been shown to be lacking in diabetics. You effortlessly improve your nutrition profile without running the risk of accidentally overdosing on a particular nutrient or setting up conflicts between prescribed medication and supplements.
Many of the diabetes associations offer diabetes meal plan suggestions – there is even a diabetes association diet should you choose to follow it.
It is not necessary to follow a low carb diet – that is a diabetes myth. It is necessary to eat regularly, always carry a suitable snack with you, test your blood sugar levels before medicating and then enjoy your food.
If you keep a diabetes logbook you will quickly come to understand the nature of your condition. You will be able to spot which diabetes foods to avoid – the ones that throw your glucose readings off the scale. Your body is as individual as you are and it is only by paying attention that you can learn what diabetes II diet suits you best.
Unless your medical practitioner tells you to, don’t be tempted to overly restrict your diet. You may only succeed in making your life miserable. Instead, treat yourself to some interesting cookbooks, experiment with new ingredients, and invite friends around to share your meals so they can see catering for a diabetic is not difficult or frightening.
Be sensible about the quantity you eat and the level of exercise you take. Overeating and piling on the pounds is no healthier for a diabetic than it is for anyone else. Watch for the comfort eating sometimes triggered by diabetes related depression – and be prepared to combat it with healthy snacks and nibbles that will not throw out your blood sugar levels.
A Type 2 Diabetes diet is nothing other than a regular healthy eating plan combined with self-monitoring and prescribed medication – there’s no need to make it any more complex than that.
A key aspect to successfully living with diabetes is self-management and diabetes software has made tracking everything to do with diabetes much simpler.
Diabetes management software helps with monitoring glucose level blood test results, tracking food intake and medication doses. Reports can by emailed to or downloaded by your medical practitioner, direct from the program, allowing them to review graphs and charts that give an instant snapshot of your condition.
With the introduction of smart phones and other handheld electronic devices the use of diabetes software does not mean diabetics need access to a computer. Diabetics can track insulin doses, keep a food and carb log, an exercise log, and record glucose meter readings quickly and easily when on the move using nothing more than their mobile phone. Many diabetes software packages contain a database of useful diabetes related information and data so everything the diabetic needs is instantly available.
Diabetic software systems have been developed in recognition of the fact that successful self-management of the disease is the key to minimizing complications.
Some programs offer the facility to store your tracking information online with some even offering free electronic logbook facilities.
Whether you choose to use any type of diabetes software will depend on your comfort with the use of technology, your budget and your willingness to contribute to the management of your condition. It will be worth consulting with your doctor to see if he or she has any experience of using any of the various applications and programs now offered by companies such as Bayer. It would make sense to consider using the diabetes management software that is already familiar to your doctor in order that maximum benefit can be extracted from your investment.
Anything that makes the process of self-managing blood sugar levels and controlling diabetes is to be applauded and encouraged. It is no coincidence that the lowest rates of complications in diabetes are enjoyed by those who are conscientious about monitoring and controlling glucose. Diabetes software can simplify the whole record keeping process and give instant information when things go wrong. Imagine how much easier it would be for a medical practitioner treating you if he had access to your diabetes logbook if you were taken ill. Not the logbook you leave at home and try to remember to update, but the log you keep on your iPhone – the device that never leaves your side. Do you think this might speed up diagnosis and enable you to be offered the right treatment more quickly?
Love it or hate it, technology is here to stay and with health conditions such as diabetes, where the condition can worsen suddenly and dangerously, having up to the moment records of everything you have done to manage your condition can only improve your prognosis.
Before investing in diabetes software consider your personal requirements and comfort levels. Do you want software that works on a smart phone or Palm Pilot or similar device? Do you want to keep the data on a home computer or somewhere in the ‘cloud?’ (This is a newer term to describe information that is stored on web servers owned by software providers). Do you want to be able to transmit reports to your doctor or perhaps print things off you can send or even allow your diabetes clinic access to your logs online? By being clear about what you want to achieve you’ll be able to select the most appropriate diabetes software for you and your condition.