No one likes to be told what to eat, but unfortunately diet is an important aspect of properly managing diabetes. There are a lot of dietary options to consider. Intentionally eating more healthfully can seem intimidating, but it can deliver big rewards. Not only will your blood glucose and blood pressure levels stay within their recommended ranges, but you’ll feel better and have more energy. You may even prevent diabetes complications and lose some excess weight. However, you don’t necessarily have to follow a specific formula to achieve good results. Using good common sense when it comes to a healthy diet will go a long way.
Dr. Merri Pendergrass, endocrinologist and director of the UA Diabetes Program, suggests that the diet for someone with diabetes should be a healthful diet for anyone – not just someone who has diabetes. She makes the point that watching your diet doesn’t mean you can never enjoy the foods you once did, like chocolate or wine. It just means that you must choose to eat healthfully more often than not if you want to keep your blood glucose levels in range.
Here are two common-sense guidelines to help you make more healthful dietary choices: