In the year 2019, India had 77 million individuals with diabetes. According to the International Diabetes Federation, 1 in every 6 individuals with this condition across the world are from India. It is predicted that by 2045, India will have almost 245 million individuals with diabetes. Blame it on our genes, urbanization, modern eating patterns, stressful lifestyle or lack of exercise; fact remains that we need to fight this out; together. Lets take a deeper dive into why do you need nutrition guidance for diabetes control and how it can help you even reverse your condition.

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Diabetes Diet
  • This diet is required if you have any of the following conditions:

    • Pre-diabetes

    • Type 1 diabetes or

    • Type 2 diabetes

    • Gestational diabetes

    • Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults (LADA)

    • Stress induced diabetes

  • Elevated blood sugar can adversely affect several organs of the body. This includes brain, eyes, heart, nerves, intestinal tract, kidneys and nerves of upper and lower limbs

  • The damage caused to these organs may get irreversible with time; for example, once diabetes affects the kidneys the damage is irreversible

  • Correct nutrition guidance is essential to maintain these organs healthy

  • Once your blood sugar is controlled through an appropriate diet and exercise schedule, you can delay the complications that may arise from it

  • Your Nutritionist can provide you diabetes friendly meal options, festival special food options as well as tips for lifestyle modifications

  • This diet has high chances of reversing pre-diabetes when the level compliance is good

  • With correct nutrition regime, several researches have stated that one can expect a significant drop in HbA1c (i.e. glycosylated hemoglobin-which is an average of blood sugar of 3 months)

  • Indians usually consume far more carbohydrates than required in daily routine

  • When these carbohydrates are refined (maida based); they increase blood sugars

  • So the major change from a general diet to a diet for diabetes control is the avoidance of maida. This involves avoiding biscuits, breads, donuts, pizza, pasta, noodles, etc

  • On the other hand, it is also important to replace refined carbohydrates with complex carbohydrates which include whole grains like oats, barley, quinoa, whole wheat and millets

  • Along with cutting down refined carbohydrates, it is also essential to add more proteins to the diet

  • A diet including fresh fruits and vegetables, no added sugar, no refined carbs, high in proteins, low is saturated fats is the key for diabetes control