Diabetic food Exchange Diet plan

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Diabetes is a condition where the body does not either make or use insulin efficiently. Without this capability the body is unable to get energy from food. There are two sub groups within the groups of people suffering from diabetes, these are:

  • Insulin controlled diabetics

Insulin Controlled Diabetics do not make any insulin and so must inject insulin daily, usually several times in order for them to metabolize food properly

  • Diet controlled diabetics

Diet controlled diabetics produce insulin but it may be too little or their bodies do not utilize the insulin effectively. These patients are usually given medications and also an exercise and diet plan. The diet plan given to them is usually the diabetic exchange diet and is monitored by a trained dietician but is based on a scoring system. In the diabetic exchange diet a list has been made up based on different foods nutritional properties. All food in each list contain a similar amount of carbohydrate, protein, fat and calories. Fibre is not taken into account in this diet.

Food lists are then divided into three main groups. Carbohydrates, meat or meat substitute and fat. All foods are then assigned to one of these groups.

In the carbohydrate group are foods such as starch, fruit, milk and vegetables.

In the meat and meat substitute group there are very lean meat, lean meat, medium fat and high fat meat or substitutes.

The fat groups contains monounsaturated, polyunsaturated and saturated fats. The dietician will work out how many foods per day from each group is required. Then the person is allocated how many servings from each group they are allowed each day. Then any foods can be picked to make up these points and everything is interchangeable within the specific group as they contain the same or very similar nutrition.

With this diabetic exchange diet the patient should be able to maintain a healthy weight in order to maintain their insulin production without any one food being over eaten.

In addition to the listed foods there are FREE FOODS. Free foods refer to any food or drink containing less than 20 calories or less than 5 grams of carbohydrate. These have no serving size so can be eaten in as large a serving as wanted however should be limited to three servings per day. These include such things as condiments, pickles and creamers (amongst other things)

2007-12-30 10:02:17 by anyideas_helpful

Starting new - diabetes

So I have accomplished my goal of being completely off all soda pop by new year's, YEAH!! I know I am allergic to aspartame, it flares up my fibromyalgia symptoms but having drank diet soda since high school it has been really hard to break the habit.
Now for new goals, I signed up for eDiets Diabetes plan. Yesterday, I went grocery shopping (never do on a Saturday!!) and then came home and completely cleaned out the fridge washed from top to bottom. I know should have done that first, oh well, all the healthy groceries gave me motivation to clean. Now my fridge looks so pretty I wanted to take a picture LOL but my camera is broken atm

2013-02-04 04:12:27 by spunkyrose1938

Good diet for weight loss.

The reason you are hungry all the time is because the severe diet you have created for yourself.
When I am in weight losing mode,which is pretty much all the time. I am never hungry. I am pretty active but 74 years old, so I gear my diet to that. I am also diabetic but very healthy
otherwise. For breakfast I have a combination of nuts and dried fruit. I use pecans,
walnuts, almonds, which I toast, prunes, apricots which I cut up, and dried cranberries. I have
1/2 cup of this mixture. The nuts are high in protein, the fruit provides a little seetness, vitamins and minerals

Why you should eat fruit -- not drink it -- to lower diabetes risk  — Today.com
Consuming whole fruits at least three times a week may lower your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to a new long-term study published Thursday in the British Medical Journal.

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