Diet is very important in diabetes. Diabetic Diet is a vital component in your overall diabetes control program.

People with diabetes are more likely to be overweight. 9 out of 10 people with newly diagnosed diabetes are overweight.
Losing weight and maintaining a healthy weight is primary goal for everyone with diabetes.
Losing just 10 to 15 pounds may improve your blood glucose, blood pressure, and improve your blood fats so much that you can stop taking or reduce your medication.
Experts in food and nutrition say that there is no one Diabetic Diet. There is no single food that people with diabetes must not eat and they do not have to cut out sugar totally. People with diabetes are recommended to eat only small amounts of foods that are high in sugar or high in fat. High-protein diets such as the Atkins diets are high in fat and are not recommended for people with diabetes.

People with type 1 diabetes should have a diabetic diet that has approximately 35 calories per kg of body weight per day. Patients with Type 2 diabetes generally are put on a 1500-1800 calorie diet per day to promote weight loss and then the maintenance of ideal body weight.
More obese people may need more calories initially until their weight is less because it takes more calories to maintain a larger body and a low calorie diet for them may promote weight loss that is too fast to be healthy.

    Basic Nutrition for People with Diabetes:

  • Eating less sweets
  • Eating less fat
  • Eating often – healthy eating is not simply a matter of “what one eats”, but also when one eats
  • Eating lots of whole-grain foods, fruits and vegetables
  • Limiting your use of alcohol

It is desirable for everyone to know as much as possible about food. The better and more you understand your diet, the more you be able to design your own diabetic diet menu.

A study showed that if people lost a small amount of weight and became more active for three years they could prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. People also had other benefits of weight loss like lowered blood pressure.
It can be hard to talk about weight loss especially if you have tried to lose weight in the past, but you can lose weight and keep it off. Your first step is to talk with your doctor about losing weight.
Diabetes educator, dietitian, and doctor will develop a personal diabetic diet that will prevent complications of diabetes, well-balanced tailored to your individual needs, tastes, activity level and life style. Vegetarians should tell to the dietitian about the tastes that he could make a vegetarian diabetic diet plan.

To find a diabetes dietitian, pharmacist and other health care professional, call the American Diabetes Association.