Diets for diebetics – read this to learn more
Are diabetics supposed to stick to diets different to other people?
Not really. Yes, they may face challenges due to their bodies’ lack of ability to produce insulin, but it is possible to eat a normal, balanced diet – one that controls blood sugar levels, which reduces the need for top-up insulin.
The problem is that diabetics are bombarded with -diabetes safe foods’ which are mostly packed with unhealthy sweeteners, artificial flavours and pure junk.
How should diabetics go about planning their diet then?
Short answer: The same rules really apply to diabetics and non diabetics alike: Start with low GI foods, make sure your meals contain plenty essential proteins; add food with a high biological value (containing all essential amino acids), complex carbs and plenty of fresh vegetables
The aim is reducing the body’s need for insulin, through eating less food containing refined carbohydrates and sugars. No-one needs these sugars, whether you suffer from diabetes or not. It is not a food and has NO nutritional value, it contains empty, unnecessary calories – we can obtain more than enough energy from foods not laden with sugars
What do others say?
I recently read an interesting article published in a South African medical journal by Prof Pankaj Joshi, director of Diabetes Care Centre in Pretoria, South Africa. The medical profession, according to Prof Joshi, is guilty of conveying mixed messages relating to losing weight and healthy living. One example he mentions is that unhealthy lunches are frequently served at world-wide diabetes seminars.
I quote: -If medical professionals and health workers are not committed to the ideas that they propagate to patients, and if our hearts are not in it, then it is obvious that we will fail dismally in helping our patients.-
Some people in the medical profession are simply bad role models. And the problem doesn’t stop there – wider failings in the profession’s fight against diabetes are evident. Doctors should seek to switch their approach to focus on holistic