As time passes by, lifestyle diseases become a part of life. Often we see many senior citizens suffer from diabetes and have misconceptions about which diet is the best for them. Let’s clear some doubts and see the clear picture, shall we?
But firstly, let us understand the basics of a diabetic diet. It does not mean that the patient has to stop eating all the fruits or sweets, but that they have to eat the healthiest foods in moderation while sticking to regular mealtimes. A diabetic diet’s goal is to achieve and maintain healthy body weight while controlling blood sugar. If one’s weight and blood sugar levels are in check then common diabetes-related complications such as cardiovascular diseases can be prevented.
There is no specific diet that can be recommended to diabetes patients, as it will differ from person to person. However, ideally, it should include a healthy mix of nutrient-rich foods with low fat and calorie content. The key elements of such a healthy diet plan consist of an array of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
In addition to following such a diet, one should cut down on fried foods, avoid sugary drinks and anything that is overly salty or fatty in nature. The basics of a diabetic diet should focus on eating every few hours to keep sugar levels steady while including vegetables, fruits, low-dairy healthy fat, and lean protein in major meals.
Let us see which foods can help in controlling diabetes and high blood sugar levels:
While including the above foods in one’s diet will help in regulating their blood sugar levels, but which foods should one eat if their glucose levels are low?
Now that we know which foods are good for a patient, however, there are many fruits that are healthy but should be avoided in a diabetic diet plan. So, which fruits should a diabetic patient avoid?
For many people, fruits like bananas and apples might be a healthy fruit choice. However, if one is on a low carbs diet to manage diabetes then even a small banana contains 22gm carbs which may be too much for a diabetic patient. But for snacking, one can consider having sandwiches, fruits with peanut butter, or even roasted chicken in between meals.
Also, keep in mind that not all fruits have high levels of sugar, in fact, some fruits with moderate sugar levels make for a great snack or an add-on to breakfast.
However, for guilt-free snacking one can consider having fruits like rhubarb, apricots, cranberries, raspberries, and kiwi.
Following a diabetic diet can be hard but with so many options and possible variations— one can make a perfect diabetic diet plan as per the blood sugar levels of a patient. Still, if you need help in planning the patient’s diet or want to have them supervised to eat regularly, Samvedna’s Senior Care experts can come to your help. Choose from diet management, meal planning, and diet monitoring services, and give your loved one complete care.