Type 2 Diabetes Guide

Diet Information for Type 2 Diabetes

Your whole adult life has been busy. Years (decades?) pass where you grab something quick to eat on the way to or from work, and although you try to squeeze exercise into your life, there's just not enough time. Eventually you start to realize that you're always feeling tired. Some research tells you that you might be showing , so you pay your doctor a visit - and after some , you are indeed diagnosed with . Your doctor lays out a treatment plan that includes for type 2 diabetics.

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have the most immediate effect on blood glucose levels, and thus are the most important type of food for a diabetic to understand. Lean proteins and healthy fats make up the rest of the diet.

Carbohydrates come in two types: simple "carbs", such as refined sugar and fruits; and complex carbs such as nuts, legumes, non-starchy vegetables and whole grains. Complex are preferable for diabetics because they digest more slowly and thus provide a steady stream of glucose to the body, rather than one big rush or "spike" in sugars.

Types of food choices that may benefit you include:

  • Fresh, non-starchy vegetables;
  • Low-fat milk products like skim milk and yogurt;
  • Healthy fats like olive oil;
  • Lean meats such as skinless chicken or fish, in small servings;
  • Fresh, whole fruit instead of sweets for snacks;

Types of foods that should be avoided or consumed sparingly include:

  • Fast food, which is high in carbohydrates;
  • Fried foods (that includes deep fried vegetables), which are high in calories;
  • Sugary snacks and drinks, including fruit juices and ;
  • Fatty meats;
  • Whole milk products;
  • Highly refined or processed foods.

Every person has unique dietary needs. Your healthcare provider may be able to refer you to a dietitian who can assist you in making up a plan for your diabetic diet, including helping you that will work best for managing your condition and your overall health.

Follow the food guidelines that your doctor or dietitian set out for you. In some cases, a proper diet and regular exercise are all that's needed to control type 2 diabetes, without a need for medication or insulin. As a bonus, a healthy diet and exercise routine can help with . It can even lead to the prevention of diabetes for people who haven't yet developed the condition.

Diabetes doesn't mean you have to stick with bland, tasteless foods or a repetitive menu. There are many delicious - even dessert recipes - that can help keep food an enjoyable part of your life.



The information on this website is based on our own research and personal experience, and is not a substitute for medical advice. Questions about your health and individual situation should be directed to your doctor.