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Diabetic Food

Healthy Food for the Health Conscious

A lot of people suffer from diabetes and because of this, they have to eat special food. Diabetes is growing in the general U.S. as pediatricians are reporting cases of it in children as young as five years old and researchers have seen a 70 percent increase between the ages of 18 to 22.

Diabetes is basically a disorder of metabolism, the way human bodies use digested food for growth and energy. Most of the food people eat is broken down into glucose, which is the form of sugar in the blood. Glucose is the main source of fuel for the body. After the food has been digested, glucose passes into the bloodstream, where it is used by cells for growth and energy. For the glucose to get into the cells, insulin must be present. Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas, which is a large gland behind the stomach. When we eat food, the pancreas is supposed to automatically produce the proper amount of insulin to move the glucose from the blood into our cells. In people with diabetes though, the pancreas either produces little or no insulin, or the cells don't properly respond to the insulin that is produced. Glucose builds up in the blood, overflows into the urine and eventually passes out of the body. This means the body loses its main source of fuel even though the blood contains large amounts of glucose.

If you have diabetes, healthy eating should be an essential part of managing your disease. A good, healthy diet can help you to control your weight and blood sugar level. Many medical professionals recommend these suggestions:

* Use vegetable spray instead of oil, shortening or butter.
* Steam your vegetables using a low-fat broth or water.
* Season your foods with herbs and spices, vinegar, lemon juice or salsa.
* Use low sugar or sugar free jams instead of butter or margarine.
* Eat low fat or fat free cottage cheese or non-fat yogurt.
* Eat your chicken or turkey without the skin.
* Buy only lean meats and broil, roast, stir fry or grill them.
* Use canola or olive oil instead of vegetable oils.
* Eat whole grain breads and cereals.
* Eat sugar free foods when possible.

If you suffer from diabetes and are not sure what foods you should be eating, make sure you consult your doctor. If you don't consider yourself to be too creative in the kitchen, there are many cookbooks available that have numerous recipes for diabetic food.

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