If you have diabetes you need to take particular care with your diet. An adult with Type 2 diabetes can gain some control over the condition with diet and exercise alone, but may also need medication (such as a diabetic pill or insulin injections).
There is nothing mystical about a diabetic diet. It is essentially a healthy, low fat, balanced eating plan.
Aim for a macronutrient ratio of around 25-30% fat, 50-55% carbohydrates, and 20% protein.
You will have more energy, feel better, and gain some control over the symptoms (such as fatigue, thirst, blurred vision, etc).
Skipping meals, and eating large meals of refined/processed or simple carbohydrates and fats is a major contributor to the onset of Type 2 diabetes.
The huge variations in blood sugar caused by starving, then overeating are not helpful for anyone's metabolism - let alone a diabetic.
It is better to eat little and often (say every three hours), and consume foods that will burn slowly.
This can help to maintain blood sugar to controllable amounts throughout the day - rather than overloading the bloodstream with glucose, and causing the subsequent insulin response to work overtime.
It is better to eat complex carbohydrates - they will be processed more slowly than simple carbs, and will help to maintain stable blood sugar levels.
Complex carbs include high-fibre and starchy foods like whole grain breads, brown rice, oats, fruits and vegetables. Simple carbs are found in cakes and muffins, pastries, etc.
Last updated 11 Jan 2015