Following a borderline diabetic diet is a way for you to stay in good health and avoid the serious health complications that can arise from elevated blood sugar levels.
If you have been told you have borderline diabetes or pre-diabetes then you need to be looking into a borderline diabetic diet. Borderline diabetes is a condition in which the amount of sugar in your blood is higher than it should be yet it is not high enough to be considered diabetes.
The time to get control of borderline diabetes is now, "even though it is not classified as being diabetes, the risk of developing other diabetic complications such as coronary heart disease, for instance, is equal to that of any patient in the diabetic category, and thus needs to be taken just as seriously"(1).
Being told you have borderline diabetes should be seen as a wake-up call and should be taken seriously. The good news is that the condition can often be treated with lifestyle changes and these changes may prevent the condition from developing into type 2 diabetes.
Here are a few guidelines you want to follow on a borderline diabetic diet:
Fiber aids the digestion of nutrients important to diabetics such as fats and sugars. Foods to choose from based on their high fiber content include: bran, beans, berries, green leafy vegetables, lentils, and fiber supplements.
A proper diabetic diet should be focused on foods that are in their whole and unrefined state. Aim to make up to 50% of your diet include whole pieces of fruit, fresh or frozen vegetables. Look for opportunities to add vegetables to recipes and fruits to common food staples such as yogurt or cereal.
Other ways to think natural include eating more lean meats (no frying), eating less sugar and white flour, and eating more whole grains and brown rice.
Also consider avoiding pre-packaged meals and switching to skim milk and low-fat dairy products.
Make water your number one choice to quench your thirst. The occasional diet drink will be okay for most people but these drinks contain artificial sweetners which should only be consumed in moderation.
Making water your top choice can also help you avoid unnecessary calories from sodas, juices and sport drinks and this can help you lose weight. Maintaining a normal weight will aid you greatly in avoiding complications from borderline diabetes.
If you have been told you are pre-diabetic or have borderline diabetes take control of your health today. Talk with your doctor about following a borderline diabetic diet and you could avoid serious health consequences in the future.
(1) The Health Guide (2008). A guide to borderline diabetes. Retrieved from http://www.thehealthguide.org/diabetes/a-guide-to-borderline-diabetes/