DIABETES AND DIABETIC RECIPES
An introduction to Diabetes and Diabetic Recipes.
Why on earth should the Africhef website, which is devoted to African Recipes have a section devoted to Diabetic Recipes? The answers relatively simple...8 years ago my wife Carol contracted Late Onset Diabetes alternatively known as Mature Onset Diabetes or Adult Diabetes
When Carol was diagnosed as diabetic our initial thought was that with a Diabetic Diet our mutual enjoyment of food would have to take a back seat...
Nothing could have been further from the truth...
Although we had to make certain adjustments to comply with Diabetic dietary requirements we found that, in addition to being healthier, the Diabetic Diet allowed us to enjoy our cuisine to the same extent as before...
I collected and tested a number of DIABETIC RECIPES and set up these pages to dispel the commonly held belief that the Diabetic Diet was uninteresting and boringly plain
If you have come to terms with your status as a diabetic but would like to enjoy a variety of food specifically devised for people with diabetes, then click on the sample diabetic recipes in the left hand menu...
Otherwise read what Carol, a registered nurse, has to say about how to handle the shock of being diagnosed as having diabetes .
If you have been diagnosed as diabetic, I am sure that you will have felt shock first, disbelief shortly thereafter and possibly even attempted to rationalise the whole thing away by trying to establish why it has happened to you.
After that, hopefully you were able to settle down accept that your diabetic condition is for real and here to stay.
Next, I hope that your curiosity was stimulated and you began to extract information from the web and other sources that allowed you to become better informed about diabetes.
Don't forget to establish a regular and open relationship with your medical practitioner and his diabetic counselor! Acquire at least 2 books with a description of diabetes and as many diabetic recipes as you can.
I have been through all of these phases, having been diagnosed as a Type 2 diabetic 3 years ago.
This article does not attempt to be a scientific treatise on diabetes. Neither does it come close to a purely clinical description of all that diabetes is and is not.
I hope that it will help you to make a few good choices of your own.
The most important choice you will ever make as a diabetic is the one to live your life to the fullest and in the healthiest way possible.
This is not easy if you are under a lot of pressure at work or at home, it isn't easy if you deny the existence of the fact that you have been diagnosed as a having diabetes, that you ARE a DIABETIC.
Neither is it easy if you do not have the support and understanding of your family and friends.
Whatever the constraints in your life, in order to prevent suffering the complications of diabetes, it is essential that you live your life positively as a diabetic, regardless of the pressures your experience in the world around you.
So, lets talk a bit about diabetes and being a diabetic.
There are 2 types of diabetes mellitus; Type 1 and Type 2. Type 2 is the most common form of diabetes and has been know as Maturity Onset Diabetes Mellitus and Non-Insulin Dependent Diabetes. I am a Type 2 Diabetic.
Both types of diabetes revolve around the body's capacity to handle (utilise) glucose as an energy source.
We obtain glucose by ingesting it. In both forms of diabetes, it is essential that the choice be made to follow a diet recommended for diabetics that enables the control of sugar metabolism in the body. There are various options to follow and it is important that you discuss this in detail with your practitioner and decide on one that suites your lifestyle and tastes.
Type 1 diabetes is usually the type that starts at a young age, has a sudden onset and can have catastrophic results if not treated quickly and effectively.
In this type of diabetes, the body usually stops producing insulin altogether.
This means that there is no way that the glucose absorbed from the stomach and intestines can be transferred into the muscles to be used as energy for activity and normal function. The glucose level in the blood keeps on getting higher. So the food we eat releases various substances that are absorbed into the blood stream.
In Type 1 diabetes, the sugar (glucose) that is absorbed into the blood stream just has nowhere to go because the body is not producing insulin to enable it to get there.
Type 2 diabetes is somewhat different. The body is still producing insulin, but it is sometimes insufficient to deal with the glucose load.
There is another factor involved too; the body has what is called an insulin resistance. This means that even though the body may be producing insulin, the tissues are not utilising the glucose in the blood stream because there is a loss of sensitivity to the work that the insulin does in the body. So once again the glucose level in the blood keeps on getting higher because it has no where to go!
The most important result of any diabetic treatment programme is to enable the correct amount of glucose to enter the tissues to be used as energy.
Complications for both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes are many. It is recommended that all diabetics familiarise themselves with the signs that there might be complications brewing so that if this is the case early medical intervention can happen.
The most common factors contributing to one becoming a Type 2 diabetic are
It is therefore obvious that there are a few conclusions that can be drawn from these circumstances
From these facts, we can also see that there are obvious ways in which we can help the medication our doctors may put us on to achieve the best results. They are
So far, everything seems to point to the absolute fact that diet is a crucial part of controlling our diabetes. This is true whether one is a Type 1 diabetic using insulin, or a Type 2 diabetic on oral medication.
There are a number of fallacies about the diabetic diet that you should be aware of:
So as you see, none of the above fallacies is true. The diabetic diet is one of controlled intake of the 4 major food groups. The size of the portions is determined by a number of factors including;
With very few exceptions, the diabetic diet uses exactly the same ingredients as any normal diet. In fact the diet that a diabetic follows is so balanced and healthy that if your whole family followed it, they would all benefit tremendously. People following the diabetic diet find they have more energy, greater concentration, are less tired, certainly, they feel less down and better able to cope with the stresses and pressures of our usually very busy daily life!
I hope you are convinced that diet is an integral part of becoming a fit and healthy individual, so read on and try some of the diabetic recipes that are attached here.
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