Diabetes affects millions of peoplekid. Diabetes attacks men, women, children and the elderly. It spares no race.
Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, blindness in Adults and amputations. It’s a significant risk factor for heart disease, stroke, and birth defects and it shortens life expectancy by up to 15 years. So you can see what I’m up against. It’s up to me to be certain that none of those things ever happen to my daughter. My daughter Ashley has Diabetes Type 1. She’ll be 10 years old March 15th. Ashley has been a diabetic for five decades.
Five years ago I was completely overwhelmed by all of that info. I felt helpless and depressed. I was sure that this was a death sentence for my daughter. This was due to my complete ignorance of Diabetes. Someone can live a complete life with Diabetes. It just takes some additional care. A fantastic diet has a significant part in a Diabetics life. They have to put together a meal plan with their physician & dietitian. My daughter has a lot of meals each day. She’s breakfast, a snack, lunch, a snack, dinner & a different snack. She’s these meals at exactly the exact same time daily. This is important. It helps to keep her body on a schedule and her blood sugar controlled. Skipping meals and snacks can lead to large swings in blood glucose readings. To keep blood sugar levels near normal a Diabetic must balance the food they eat with the insulin that the body receives from injections and with physical actions. Blood sugar monitoring provides you the information you will need to help with this balancing. Near normal blood glucose readings can allow you to feel better. Normal is between 70 and 120. They will also lower your chances of complications.
How a Diabetic should eat
Everyone should eat nutritious foods
Our good health depends on eating a variety of foods which contain the ideal amount of Carbohydrate, Protein, Fat, Vitamins, Minerals, Fiber and Water. Carbohydrate, Protein and Fat are found in the food that you consume. They provide your body with energy. Your body needs insulin to use this energy. Insulin is made in the pancreas. If you have Diabetes, your pancreas is no longer producing insulin or your body can not use the insulin it’s making. So your glucose levels aren’t normal.
Starch and Sugar in foods are Carbohydrates
You may find starch in breads, cereal, pasta, potatoes, beans, lentils and peas. Natural sugars are in fruits, vegetables and milk. There are additional sugars in desserts, candy, jam and syrup. All these Carbohydrates can affect your blood glucose. When you consume Carbohydrates they turn into sugar and travel in your blood. Insulin helps the glucose enter the beta cells in your pancreas in which it could be turned into energy and stored. Eating the same amount of Carbohydrate daily in meals and snacks can help you control your glucose levels. Protein is in meats, fish, poultry, milk and other dairy products, eggs, beans, lentils and peas. Starches and veggies have small amounts of protein. The body uses protein for growth, maintenance and energy. Your body needs insulin to use the protein you consume.
Fat is in margarine, butter, oils, salad dressings, nuts, seeds, milk, cheese, meat, fish, poultry, snack food, ice-cream and desserts. There are three distinct varieties of fat. Monounsaturated, saturated and polyunsaturated. Everyone should eat less saturated fats found in meats, dairy products, coconut, palm or palm kernel oil, and hardened shortening.
Saturated fats can increase your blood levels of cholesterol
The fats which are best are the monounsaturated fats found in canola oil, olive oil, nuts, and avocado. The polyunsaturated fats found in corn oil, soybean oil, or sunflower oil are great also. After you eat fat it travels through your blood. You need insulin to store fat in the cells of the body. Fats are used for energy.
So you can see what a major role insulin plays in your body. Good diet is quite important for a Diabetic. Excersize is also very important. A Diabetic can live a healthy full life if they do three things. Eat healthy, excercise, and inject the proper amount of insulin. It requires commitment and hard work. But in the long run it’s completely worth it because it’s your life.