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Will Your Diet Prevent Diabetes?

A common reaction to being advised you have diabetes it to ask if a good diet keep 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. A good diet can not cure the illness but it can help keep it under control.

People who have diabetes have a difficult time processing foods such as sugars and starches. Instead of processing normally through their system, they stay in the system and turn end up increasing the glucose in the bloodstream. When this occurs, it is called glycemia – which is too much sugar in the blood. People with Type I and Type II diabetes both suffer from having too much glucose in the blood. As the glucose does not digest normally, it can cause 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 medication or insulin. Both help the body process the sugars in the blood, to break them down and allow the patient to expel them. However, insulin and medication are no substitute for a healthy diet. Just because a person is taking medication or insulin does not give them carte blanche to consume all of the sugar and carbohydrates they can get their hands on. It is absolutely essential that a person with diabetes not only take medication or insulin as directed, but also adhere to a diabetic diet. This means getting familiar with which foods should be avoided and which foods can be eaten sparingly.

The Glycemic Index was established in 1981 to rate which carbohydrates are the worst for those with diabetes. The carbohydrates that are high on the list, such as white bread, take longer to digest and should be avoided. Carbohydrates that have low scores, such as brown rice, can be eaten in moderation. It is very difficult for anyone to avoid carbohydrates completely, which is why familiarizing oneself with the Glycemic Index is so important in the treatment of diabetes.

In addition to carbohydrates that rate high on the Glycemic Index as well as low, there is also an intermediate group. It may surprise people to know that a chocolate bar is rated in the intermediate group on the Glycemic Index. This does not mean, however, that one should feel free to consume all the chocolate they want. The purpose of the Glycemic Index is to help individuals establish which foods should definitely be avoided and which foods are okay in moderation.

Therefore, a good diet can keep diabetes at bay. While it cannot cure diabetes, a good diet low in foods that have high ratings in the Glycemic Index and high in proteins can help an individual with this condition live a longer, healthier life. Until there is a cure for this potentially life threatening condition, it is important for all people who suffer from diabetes to familiarize themselves with the Glycemic Index so they can better understand how to control their disease. The lower the number on the GI scale the better. Here are example of good foods:

Here are some common Low Glycemic Index foods.

Remember to choose these most of all.

 

LOW GLYCEMIC INDEX FOODS (UNDER 55)

FOOD

INDEX RATING

Brown Rice55
Apple Juice41
Baked Beans48
Banana53
Broccoli6
Carrots, cooked39
Cauliflower6
Cheese tortellini50
Cherries, fresh22
Chocolate49
Fruit cocktail, canned55
Grapefruit25
Grapes43
Ice Cream, low fat50
Kidney Beans52
Kiwifruit52
Lentils28
Lettuce7
Linguine55
Lowfat Yogurt, sweetened33
Macaroni45
Milk, fat free32
Milk, Soy30
Oatmeal Cookies55
Oatmeal, old fashioned49
Orange Juice, fresh52
Peach, fresh28
Peanuts14
Peas48
Popcorn55
Potato Chips54
Pound Cake54
Snickers Bar40
Spaghetti41
Special K Cereal54
Spinach12
Sweet Corn55
Sweet Potato54
Tomato15

 

 

Here are some common High Glycemic Index foods.

Remember to limit them as much as you can.

 

HIGH GLYCEMIC INDEX FOODS (OVER 70)

FOOD

INDEX RATING

Bagel72
Baked Potato85
Cheerios74
Cream of Wheat74
Doughnut76
French Fries76
Gatorade78
Graham Cracker74
Honey73
Jelly Beans80
Mashed Potatoes73
Rice Cakes82
Rice Krispies82
Rye Bread76
Vanilla Wafers77
Watermelon72
White Bread70

 
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