Following diabetes type 2 diet guidelines and planning your meals can help you manage your blood sugar (glucose) level and avoid serious health complications including: blindness, kidney and nervous system damage, cardiovascular disease and limb amputation.
A proper diabetes type 2 diet can also help an adult, teen and child who is pre-diabetic or who has already been diagnosed with the disease lose weight making blood sugar levels easier to manage. This weight loss may even help prevent the disease.
"Studies have shown that people with pre-diabetes who lose weight and increase their physical activity can prevent or delay diabetes and even return their blood glucose levels to normal" (1).
The goal of a type ii diabetic diet is to regulate blood sugar levels. Therefore, a good guideline to follow is to eat on a regular schedule each day and also eat similar foods on a daily basis.
By eating foods on a consistent basis, you can better predict your blood sugar levels throughout the day. If you are taking medication for diabetes, then this will help you balance your medications levels as well.
A focus of good type 2 diabetic diets is on making better food choices. Look for higher fiber foods to replace refined carbohydrates and foods high in sugar. For instance, substitute a piece of whole fruit for a candy bar. This will prevent a spike in your blood sugar level and allow your body to respond better to insulin.
Your health care team will help you custom fit a diabetes type 2 diet to your specific needs. By working closely with your team you can manage your blood sugar and live well with diabetes.
(1) National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse (2008). Prevention or delay of diabetes. Retrieved from http://diabetes.niddk.nih.gov/dm/pubs/statistics/