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What You Need to Know About a Healthy Diabetes Diet

By Vicki and Brian Day

Senior Care in Orefield PA

If your senior loved one has been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, you know that diet changes are likely to be included in their treatment plan. Unfortunately, there are many myths and rumors surrounding a healthy diabetes diet which can make meal planning difficult for caregivers and seniors alike. For this reason, it is a great idea for your loved one to talk with their doctor about specifics when it comes to making changes to their diet and get advice that can help them to make great eating choices. In addition, it is also a great idea to meet with a registered dietitian, if they are able to. Navigating the aisles at the grocery store or even the pantry in your loved one’s own home can be a challenge with diabetes, but it doesn’t have to feel impossible. When making meal plans for your senior loved one with diabetes, try keeping these diabetes diet truths in mind:

Carbohydrates Are Not Always “Bad”

Your loved one needs healthy carbohydrates in their diet whether they have diabetes or not. They are necessary for all people striving to eat a healthy diet. However, there are certain types of carbohydrates that are better than others. White, starchy carbohydrate foods such as white bread or potato chips can have a negative effect on your loved one’s blood sugar levels, so they are best avoided. Carbohydrate sources such as fruits and whole grains, on the other hand, can help your loved one to maintain healthy blood sugar levels and get the essential nutrients that they need every day in their diet.

Your Loved One Can Still Eat the Foods They Love

When your loved one is diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, it doesn’t mean that all of their favorite foods are off the table. What it does mean, however, is that you may have to help them make some changes so that they can enjoy their favorite foods in a healthy way. For example, try snacks that are baked instead of fried or use olive oil in place of butter to cut down on saturated fat. In addition, measure out proper portion sizes of treats such as ice cream or cake on special occasions.

Your Loved One Has to Have a Separate “Special” Meal

As long as you are preparing a meal for yourself and your family that includes a healthy balance of vegetables, fruits, lean proteins, low-fat dairy, and whole grains and that is portioned correctly, your loved one can take part. Remember, a healthy meal for you is usually comprised of the same things that they need in their diet.

Source: http://www.webmd.com/diabetes/10-diabetes-diet-myths

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