According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), over 17 million people in the United States have diabetes. More than 2,000 people are diagnosed with diabetes every day!
Diabetes is a disorder that affects the body’s ability to produce or respond to insulin. The body needs the hormone insulin to allow glucose to enter the cells, where it can be used for energy.
If diabetes is left untreated or poorly treated, complications like heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, blindness, and nerve damage may result.
There is no specific diet for people with diabetes. Instead, food and menu choices emphasize normalization of blood glucose levels. People with diabetes are often amazed when they hear a diabetes educator tell them they can eat any food in moderation—as long as they plan for the effect it will have on their blood sugar level.
Since carbohydrate content has a major effect on blood glucose, the goal is to keep intake of carbohydrates as consistent as possible from day to day. Another important dietary goal is to limit the amount of saturated fat in the diet.
One of the complications of diabetes is an increased risk of heart disease. Saturated fats in fatty meats, whole milk products and cheeses and fried foods are best kept to a minimum to control hyperlipidemia, the presence of an abnormally high concentration of fats in the blood.
The best foods for a person with diabetes are the ones that are healthful choices for everyone else too. vegetables, whole grains, fruits, low-fat dairy products, fish and lean meats, like Goat meat.
Anyone with diabetes can achieve reasonable nutrition goals without feeling deprived with menus and recipes designed to help you achieve weight goals while maintaining good blood glucose control.
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