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Individuals affected by diabetes understand the importance of a balanced diet. Here are a few basic notions you should know to make informed choices.
Diabetes is a chronic disease that affects a great number of Canadians. Several individuals among them are overweight, which in some cases, has contributed to the onset of the disease. Additionally, excess weight and poor diet are major obstacles to optimal blood glucose management. The basis of treatment for diabetes includes making the following lifestyle changes: diet, weight loss, and physical activity. Medication becomes necessary only when these measures are insufficient.
You must make choices about the amount and quality of the food you eat every day. Eating well is not that difficult; in fact, here are a few tips that you can apply on a daily basis:
Contrary to popular belief, people with diabetes do not have to integrate snacks into their routine; however, they may have some advantages such as:
However, keep in mind that they can affect blood glucose and contribute to weight gain, which is considered unadvisable for diabetics. Therefore, it is important to make wise food choices regarding snacks by choosing the "healthy" ones. Choose fibre and protein-rich foods that are low in fat and sugar.
As a snack, you can also purchase food supplements specially made for people with diabetes. They are balanced and formulated to meet the Canadian Diabetes Association nutritional guidelines.
Don't hesitate to speak to your pharmacist for additional information about diabetes, lifestyle changes, medication or blood glucose monitoring.
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