Diacare Diet Clinic

Proper nutrition is essential for anyone living with diabetes. Control of blood glucose levels is only one goal of a healthy eating plan for people with diabetes. A diet for those with diabetes should also help achieve and maintain a normal body weight as well as prevent heart and vascular disease, which are frequent complications of diabetes. There is no prescribed diet plan for those with diabetes. Rather, eating plans are tailored to fit an individual's needs, schedules, and eating habits. A diabetes diet plan must also be balanced with the intake of insulin and oral diabetes medications. Not all foods are absolutely forbidden for people with diabetes, and attention to portion control and advance meal planning can help people with diabetes enjoy the same meals as others in the family

People with diabetes will benefit from DIA-CARE, where, along with complete diabetes care, the dietician, Mrs. Smita Shah, prescribes specific methods to help follow a diabetes meal plan. The special meal plan devised for diabetics is designed according to the required portion size, carbohydrate, protein and fat contents and Carbohydrate counting which is based upon the total carbohydrate intake (measured in grams using very simple units like fistful, bowl, plate, teaspoon, tablespoon etc ) of foods. Furthermore, patients on intensive insulin therapy or insulin pumps are made aware of the insulin-carbohydrate ratio, insulin sensitivity factor which can help them control their sugar and regulate their pre-meal insulin dose along with enjoying a wider choice of carbohydrates. With respect to the above factors, the dietitian will assess calories to be given, like scheming the carbohydrates, proteins, fats, type of carbohydrate, amount of fiber and so on. The diet plan prescribed for a diabetic is based on height, weight, age, sex, physical activity and nature of diabetes. While planning diet, the dietician also considers complications such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels. Additionally the dietician will also educate you about portion control and healthy food choices and help you tailor a healthful eating plan based on your own food

Tastes and preferences.

Diet plays a significant role in controlling the diabetes. The diabetic diet may be used alone or else in combination with insulin doses or with oral hypoglycemic drugs. The main objective of diabetic diet is to maintain ideal body weight, by providing adequate nutrition along with normal blood sugar levels in blood. A prescribed diabetic meal plan takes into account all the carbohydrates, fats and sugar intake of the body and matches it with the insulin production of the body.

At DIACARE we follow the below principles.

  • First, the diet prescribed, allows you to enjoy eating a wide variety of foods.
  • Second, it advises you to eat these foods in moderation.
  • Finally, the diet shows you how to eat these foods regularly throughout the day.
  • Additionally, patients are suggested some healthy, easy-to-make recipes which they can make themselves while keeping in mind their diabetic condition.
  • The patients are called every 2 months wherein patient compliance is observed and if necessary changes in the diet and medication are done.

    Rich in essential nutrients and low in fat and calories, this diabetes diet helps regulate sugar and keep energy levels high. Eating the right amount of carbohydrates timed properly throughout the day is an effective strategy for managing a diabetic condition, especially if you take insulin or diabetes medications. At DIACARE the doctor Dr. Banshi Saboo and the dietician Mrs. Smita Shah can help you learn how to moderate your carbohydrate intake at each meal with the amount of insulin you take. Too many or too few tubes can cause unhealthy fluctuations in blood sugar and insulin, aggravating a number of bothersome diabetic symptoms such as dizziness or even fainting (with too few carbohydrates) or alarmingly high blood sugar levels (too many carbohydrates).

    Diabetics always need to take care of their diet and also about the food they eat. Care has to be taken because all foods contain not only carbohydrate, but also some energy value. Protein and fat available in the food are converted to glucose in the body. This glucose has some effect on the blood sugar level, which has to be taken care of. Furthermore, you needn’t have to eat only the bland boring diet. Instead, you can eat more fruits, vegetables and whole grains. All it means is that you need to select foods that are high in nutrition and low in calories.

    Living with diabetes is not easy; a change in lifestyle is a must starting with the prescribed diet.