Having diabetes doesn't mean that you have to give up all of the foods you like or buy special 'diabetic' foods. It just means that you should try to follow a balanced meal plan.
Why It's Important to Eat Healthy with Diabetes
Eating healthy will give you more energy to do all the things you want and need to do in your busy life. If you eat too many carbohydrates or too much rich food, your blood sugar levels can go up quickly. This can make you feel tired or sluggish. Following a healthy eating plan helps you manage your blood sugar levels and your weight.
Salt and Cholesterol
Eating foods high in saturated fat, trans fat or cholesterol can lead to high fat and cholesterol levels. This can cause fat and cholesterol to stick to the insides of blood vessels. When that happens, the blood vessels can become narrowed over time. So avoiding fats helps to lower risk of health complications.
The Benefits of Healthy Eating
There are many benefits of eating healthy foods:
- Reaching and staying at a weight that's good for your body
- Keeping your blood sugar and cholesterol under control
- Preventing heart and blood vessel disease
The Glycemic Index
Foods with a high glycemic index can spike your blood sugar levels. Choosing foods with a low glycemic index raise your glycemic index slower - so you should eat them more often.