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EATING WELL WITH DIABETES

Diabetes affects 77 million people in India and is expected to reach 134 million by 2045. This article is designed to help if you, a family member or a friend have been recently diagnosed with diabetes.

There are three types of diabetes:

  • Type 1 diabetes (approximately 10% of all diabetes diagnoses)
  • Type 2 diabetes (85% of all diabetes diagnoses)
  • Gestational Diabetes (diabetes affecting some women during pregnancy)1.

What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a chronic condition in which the levels of glucose (or sugar) in the blood are too high. After we eat, our body breaks food down into simple molecules during the process of digestion. The simple form of carbohydrates is glucose, therefore after consuming a food or drink containing carbohydrates, our blood glucose levels rise. The rise in blood glucose levels stimulates the pancreas to produce a hormone called insulin. Insulin acts like a key unlocking cell doors, so that glucose can move from the circulating blood system into the cells where it is required. People with diabetes are either unable to produce sufficient insulin, or the insulin cannot effectively get into the circulating blood system; therefore their blood glucose levels remain high2.

 

Did you know? 

Optimal blood glucose control is important to prevent potentially serious complications that are associated with diabetes. Consuming an appropriate diet is key to this

What should people with Diabetes eat?

  • A healthy diet, as recommended by the Indian Dietary Guidelines
  • Consume meals at regular times
  • Some people with diabetes will require additional snacks between meals depending upon their diabetes medication and blood sugar control
  • Choose lower fat alternatives (particularly low saturated fat)1
  • Choose low glycaemic index options 

What is Glycaemic Index?

The glycaemic index is a ranking of carbohydrates according to how quickly they elicit a rise in blood glucose levels. Low glycaemic index foods produce a smaller rise in blood sugar levels, providing a sustained source of energy and have been linked with reducing heart disease and are the preferred source of carbohydrate foods for people with diabetes. To learn more, visit the Glycemic Index Foundation

What if you can’t Meet your Dietary Requirements through Food alone?

If you have diabetes and require additional nutrition due to poor dietary intake or illness, RESOURCE Diabetic may be an appropriate nutritional supplement for you. It is a specially formulated, low GI (Glycaemic Index), nutritionally complete drink, which can be consumed as a nutritious between meal snack, mixed into your food for a nutrient boost, or a protein boost alongside your breakfast.

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