Diabetic Diet Plan
Innovations in the design of the ideal diabetic diet plan is, simply put, saving lives. Dietary modifications can have a remarkable impact on prevention and treatment.
The latest research in nutrition shows that controlling insulin resistance—not the high blood sugar levels caused by it—is the key to success.
A diabetic diet plan that avoids “white foods” is a simple strategy for avoiding trouble. But it’s not just about the carbs.
Research shows that the type of fat, fiber, and nutrients included in your diet can also play major roles in helping you control blood sugar and beat diabetes.
For those of you that are prediabetic, early dietary intervention is the ONLY preventative measure you can take.
Fat & Fiber
Consuming saturated fats (especially trans-fats) can greatly increase your risk for diabetes. A recent study showed that a minuscule 2% increase in calories from saturated fats raised the risk of diabetes in women by 39%!
If nothing else, simply replacing trans-fats in the diet with polyunsaturated fats will reduce the risk of diabetes dramatically. A diabetic vegetarian diet is a good choice.
It’s loaded with healthy fats, including extra virgin olive oil, fish oil, almond oil and almond butter, avocados, nuts, and seed oils such as sesame, pumpkin, sunflower, and flax.
American Diabetic Diet
(with our improvements) is rich in soluble and insoluble fiber. Fiber improves insulin sensitivity and reduces circulating insulin levels.
Fiber impedes gastric emptying and the passage of food through the gut, slows the breakdown of starchy foods, and delays glucose uptake into the blood.
The Role of Supplements
Beyond a healthy diabetic diet plan, considerable evidence demonstrates the efficacy of daily nutritional supplementation as a way to prevent and treat diabetes.
The following dietary supplements have been found to be particularly beneficial:
1. Lipoic Acid
It enhances the breakdown of glucose through intervention at several points along the central metabolic pathway.
Supplementation provides a significant boost in glucose disposal and insulin sensitivity.
It assists in the metabolism of fats, proteins, and carbohydrates, and directly influences blood glucose levels by enhancing glucokinase activity (glucokinase is an enzyme that controls the first step of glucose oxidation.)
Supplementation at high levels significantly improves glucose control and reduces the risk of diabetic neuropathy.
Low levels of this amino acid is common in diabetics and is associated with cataract formation and cardiomyopathy (weakening of the heart muscle).
Supplementation improves insulin sensitivity, in-creases glucose storage, and optimizes carbohydrate metabolism.
An amino acid peptide, prevents cross-linking of glucose with proteins (glycation) and arrests the formation of advanced glycation end-products in the cell. Glycation accelerates the aging process and is problematic in diabetics.
An essential mineral in modulating glucose metabolism and boosting glucose sensitivity. It enhances insulin-dependent transport of glucose into the cell, likely by facilitating the binding of insulin to the receptor site.
Supplementation at 1000 micrograms per day has been found to markedly reduce insulin resistance.
6. Coenzyme Q10
Is an important component of the cell’s central metabolic pathway, enhances cellular energy production and protects cells from damage by free radicals. Japanese researchers cite its ability to boost respiratory chain function in pancreatic beta cells and improve glycemic control.
A mineral that lowers blood glucose, increases insulin sensitivity, reduces stress response (which promulgates diabetes), and assists in the maintenance of healthy beta cells.
Low magnesium status is common among type II diabetics and is believed to disrupt insulin secretion and the hormone’s capacity to transport glucose.
Specific Diet Plans
We encourage you to learn about all of the diet plans listed below. Follow a few strategies from all the plans and design your own diet...one that best fits your lifestyle.
Here's the list of highly effective diabetic diet plans:
The Paleolithic Diet Plan
Type 1 Diet Plans
Type 2 Diet Plans
Borderline Diabetic Diet
The Diabetic Vegetarian Diet
A successful diabetic diet plan goes beyond limiting carbs and incorporates the right kind of fats, fiber, and supplements.
Fortunately, insulin resistance and diabetes lend themselves to a holistic approach to disease management.
Dietary modifications, like the ones found in the
Diabetic Exchange Diet,
can have a remarkable impact on prevention and treatment.
Controlling insulin resistance—not the high blood sugar levels caused by it—is the key to success.
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