Upon first being diagnosed with diabetes, many patients ask “Can anything else aside from medication put diabetes at bay?”
Most doctors will agree that...
A good diet, LOW IN CARBOHYDRATES and SUGARS can help a person with diabetes avoid many of the complications that often accompany the disease. While the diet DOES NOT totally cure diabetes, it can keep the illness at bay – even for a lifetime.
People who have diabetes have a difficult time processing foods such as sugars and starches. Instead of processing sugar normally through their system, it STAYS IN THE SYSTEM and in turn ends up increasing GLUCOSE in the bloodstream.
People with Type II diabetes suffers from having too much glucose in the blood. As the glucose is not utilized normally and it floods the system, it causes problems with the kidneys, liver, eyesight, heart and blood circulation in general.
Depending upon the stage of their diabetes, a physician will normally prescribe either oral medications or insulin. Both help the body process the sugars in the blood, to break them down and allow the patient’s body to use or expel them.
However, remember that insulin and medication are NOT SUBSTITUTES for ahealthy diet. Just because a person is taking medication or insulin DOES NOT give them complete freedom to consume all of the sugar and carbohydrates they can get their hands on.
I repeat, medication is NOT AT ALL a SUBSTITUTE for a healthy diet.
It is absolutely essential that a person with diabetes not only take medication or insulin as directed, but also adhere to an effective diet that will control diabetes.
This means getting familiar with which foods should be avoided and which foods can be eaten sparingly.
In a previous article (check it HERE if you haven’t read it yet), I talked about the Glycemic Index and the Glycemic load and how they can be used to a diabetic’s advantage.
The carbohydrates that are high on the list, such as white bread (even pandesal, sorry) or any other refined carbohydrates should be best AVOIDED. Carbohydrates that have low scores, such as berries and other fruits can be eaten in moderation.
It is very difficult for anyone to avoid carbohydrates completely, which is why familiarizing one-self with the Glycemic Index/Load is so important in the treatment of diabetes.
If I am to give my TOP 3 recommendations to people with diabetes on how to go around with their diet, here they are:
1. AVOID ALL or whenever possible refined carbohydrates. Examples include white/wheat bread, spaghetti, French fries, sugar, soft drinks, etc. All of these only dump your body with excess sugar and nothing else.
2. AVOID processed & junk foods. Stick to the natural like vegetables and wild caught faunae. Processed foods not only contain hidden sugars but also huge amounts of sodium & trans-fat which are not good for people with diabetes and high blood pressure.
3. Stick to DRINKING ONLY WATER. Stay away from all those “diet” sodas or “energy” drinks. You can have GREEN TEA if you want as it has its own health benefits.
It might look overtly simple but sticking to the right foods is quite a challenge to many diabetics.
Nevertheless, reversing and controlling diabetes is not really that tough only if people are equipped with the right information as well as access to the right types of food.
So, can an effective diet keep diabetes at bay?
The answer is YES…
However, the commitment is still yours to make.
Alex Saroca is the founder of Tabachoy Academy. He is a general physician by profession, an author, a blogger, and an entrepreneur. He is on a mission to educate and make Filipinos realize - especially those with overweight, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes - that lifestyle modification is still more powerful than any drug in preventing heart disease, treating heart disease, and improving one's physical state and longevity.