Diabetes is one of the major chronic diseases around the world and millions of people have been diagnosed with it. According to World Health Organization (WHO) statistics, there are an estimated 77 million people over the age of 18 in India suffering from diabetes (type 2) and nearly 25 million with prediabetes. With such rising numbers, it is important to take effective measures to prevent this disease and promote a healthy lifestyle.
When it comes to diabetes, controlling your weight plays an integral role. Losing weight helps you manage diabetes and prevents heart attacks and strokes. According to Diabetes UK, about 60% of people with type 1 diabetes and about 85% of people with type 2 diabetes carry extra weight or are obese. Losing weight can reduce insulin resistance and make it easier to control your blood sugar, preventing diabetes.
Ms Parminder Kaur, Dietician, Manipal HospitalPatiala Jagran told English that a weight loss diet plan for diabetics is a critical part of managing diabetes and promoting overall health. It is recommended to prioritize balanced macronutrients, portion control, high fiber foods, lean proteins, healthy fats, regular meal timing, hydration and close monitoring.
A diabetes diet simply means eating the healthiest foods in moderate amounts and sticking to regular meals. It is a healthy eating plan that is naturally rich in nutrients and low in fat and calories. The most important elements of a diabetes diet plan are fruits, vegetables and whole grains. This type of diet is the best eating plan for almost everyone, states Mayo Clinic.
While each patient has their own conditions, Dr. Kaur argues that the diabetic diet should be tailored to individual needs and preferences, taking into account factors such as age, weight, activity level, and any existing medical conditions.
When diabetic patients start a weight loss diet, they should set small and realistic goals that are easier to achieve. Once these small goals become your habit, set higher goals to complete your weight loss journey. The most important factor when it comes to losing weight is staying active. Incorporate mild exercise such as walking or aerobics into your regimen and make it a habit to see the change.
Dr. Kaur further suggests that by focusing on balanced macronutrients, portion control, and incorporating nutrient-dense foods such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, the diet plan can help regulate blood sugar levels and facilitate gradual weight loss. After starting to follow a healthy diet and lifestyle, it is necessary to monitor your blood sugar levels to analyze the effectiveness of the diet plan. According to Dr. Kaur, regular blood sugar monitoring, close collaboration with health professionals and ongoing dietary plan adjustments are essential for successful weight management and optimal diabetes control.
(Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis, or treatment.)
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