Diabetes is a condition where the body either does not produce insulin, or the
body is not able to use the insulin that is produced efficiently. As a result,
blood sugar (glucose) levels rise, beyond the normal range. If blood glucose levels
remain high over the long term, the individual with diabetes is at greater risk
of complications such as blindness, amputations, kidney disease and heart disease.
The goal is to keep blood sugar levels within an optimal range, while enjoying
a variety of healthy foods.
Healthy eating "tips" for diabetes are: focus on balance, emphasize
foods high in fibre such as beans, peas & lentils, whole grains,
fruits and vegetables, low fat diary foods, and lean sources of
protein such as lean poultry, meat and fish.
Other Special Diets
Special diet information provided by Registered Dietitian Maria Thomas at Urban Nutrition: Professional Nutrition Consulting in Vancouver.
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