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It's wrong to believe that diabetes involves depriving yourself of the pleasures of the palate. Information, and not deprivation, is the solution!
Individuals affected by type 2 diabetes generally know that adequate control of blood glucose depends first and foremost on adopting a healthy and balanced diet, physical activity, and weight loss. When these measures are not enough, it is then necessary to turn to medication.
Treatment of type 1 diabetes depends on insulin therapy. However, individuals living with this type of diabetes must also change their eating habits to reach their objectives for better health. There's no getting around it: diabetes requires dietary adjustments and an effort must be made to achieve it.
Carbohydrates (sugar) contained in food directly impacts blood glucose. Commercially packaged food products bear a label on which a lot of information can be found. Nutrition labelling gives the energy value (in calories), the content of certain nutrients such as carbohydrates, protein and lipids, and a few vitamins and minerals for a given product. In addition, you will find the list of ingredients.
In the nutrition facts table, you will find, among other things, the amount of carbohydrates contained in the serving size indicated at the top of this table. It may be difficult at first to interpret the information listed on the nutrition label. You can visit the Diabetes Quebec website for additional information.
For instance, it can be interesting to consult the list of ingredients to know if a product contains sugar or a sweetener. Sometimes, the label indicates "no added sugar". In this case, it does not mean that the product does not contain any carbohydrates, but rather that no other sugar was added in addition to the carbohydrates already found in the product.
Learning to read the labels will help you to make better food choices. Don't hesitate to ask for help from a healthcare professional if you'd like to know more about how to read labels.
Are you considering to follow a diet? Good for you! However, beware of the numerous ones that are presented to you as being "easy", "effortless" or "miraculous", as most of these are not really effective over time. In order to achieve your healthy weight objectives and to control your blood glucose, you have to be persevering and adopt healthy eating habits that you will be able to maintain.
To do this, it is recommended to develop a nutrition plan with a dietary expert, such as a nutritionist or dietitian. These specialists will help you to implement a diet that is adapted to your needs without taking away the pleasure of eating. People living with diabetes have special nutritional needs. By consulting an expert, you will save time and energy and reach your objectives more effectively.
You will find a wealth of information on the different aspects of diabetes management, including nutrition, on the Diabetes Quebec website. Additionally, you can follow the recommendations of the Guide d’alimentation pour la personne diabétique (in French only).
Speak to your pharmacist for additional information about diabetes, lifestyle changes, medication or blood glucose management.
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