Diseases & Conditions

Combining Food to Control Diabetes and Reduce Obesity

As a diabetic who is trying to lose weight, it is not only important what you eat and how
much but what you eat together too.  Foods react differently together and for optimal
performance and the best affect on your blood glucose level there are a few guidelines
that should be followed.

At each meal you should have a combination of carbohydrates and protein and you can
have fat in moderation.  The majority of the foods a diabetic will eat fall under the
carbohydrate category, carbohydrates can be found in:

*    Fruits
*    Vegetables
*    Beans
*    Dairy Products
*    Bread
*    Grains

To reduce blood sugars and lose weight, a diet where carbohydrates are counted and
controlled is necessary.  Depending on your weight and height your dietician will provide
you with a number of carbohydrates that you can have at each meal.  Some carbohydrates
are better choices than others; choose fresh and whole wheat whenever possible.

Choosing carbohydrates that are high in fiber can help to reduce your blood glucose
levels and will keep you feeling full for longer.  Higher fiber content allows you to eat
more an item without suffering the consequences later on.

At each meal, a small amount of protein will help counter-act the carbohydrate’s affect of
raising blood sugars.  Protein will also sustain you longer and you will not be hungry as
quickly if you did not have protein at one of your meals or for snack.  Choose high-
quality protein that is not fried.  Remove excess fat when it is possible such as chicken
skin before eating.

Following a healthy eating plan with the correct number of carbohydrates at each meal
combine with a protein can help you lose weight and manage your diabetes.  Make time
for exercising in your week too and you are sure to lose weight and have more energy.