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“Diabetes is a silent killer.” Says Dietitian Sheela Shewarat. This disease is growing and affecting a large number of populations.  Nearly 422 million people around the world are suffering from this disease.  Research says that it is growing in middle and low income countries. 

It is actually a condition where your body fails to use the energy found in our food. Our body has a system to absorb food and supply energy to different body parts. 

When we eat our body breaks down our food into carbohydrate and a special sugar known as glucose but our body needs Insulin, a hormone, to transform glucose into energy. When body fails to make proper use of this hormone, DIABETES affect our body, worst thing is that it then becomes a lifelong condition.” Says Sheela Shewarat.

As a dietician my challenge is to know which kind of diabetes condition is prevailing in the body and then I have to plan a diet for him or her. 

Mostly people are not health conscious. They live a carefree life and that allows the bad condition to set the body clock and soon body suffers from numerous diseases.

Diabetes is hard to predict as its symptoms are not visible at early stage. It remains in your body and we continue to live and it affects our heart, kidneys, nerves, skin, eyes etc. and it also complicates the pregnancy cases. 

We know our pancreas produces insulin and if it is either not producing enough or cells are not able to respond properly to the produced insulin then diabetes occurs.  There are three different types of diabetes. 

Study says: 90% of diabetic people are suffering from type 2 diabetes. It means 8.3 % of adult population. 

It is very important to keep in mind that food is your best friend but a worst enemy so choose your food very carefully, particularly when your body is suffering from sugar problems.  

The food that you can eat and lifestyle you need to maintain must be very carefully planned. 

As dieticians, our job is to plan a diet – individually monitor your age, gender, activity level and your present weight and help you to reach weight which you ought to maintain.  

Make your dietician your best friend who will help you to look smart, eat smart and live smart.   

I agree there is nothing to be panicking about; one can still get a plate full of colorful foods. Your plate can have a plenty of fruits, veggies, whole grains, beans, nuts, and lean protein. 

Studies suggest that high – fiber diet improves blood sugar and cholesterol levels in type 2 diabetes. 

It is also very important to hydrate your body and drink a lot of liquid. Eating timing and food quantity is the major factor of your diet plan. 

Never allow extra calories and extra fats to get in your body. But it doesn’t mean that you can skip any of your meals. You ought to eat on time and the right quantity. Skipping your food in fact affects you adversely.

It is very important to keep your body slim. 

It is also important to lose weight at the right places. 

Belly fats are the most dangerous sign and deposition of fats for diabetes. Your belly has to be slim. Belly fat closely surrounds our abdominal organs and liver and is closely linked to insulin resistance and diabetes. There is a measurement which you can check yourself.  

•    A woman with a waist circumference of 35 inches or more

•    A man with a waist circumference of 40 inches or more

It is very important to keep your waist within these measures. It is not difficult to maintain. You need to check your sugar beverages like soda, energy and sports drinks, coffee and processed foods like doughnuts, muffins, cereal, candy and granola bars, etc. 

Actually calories gained from fructose add weight around your abdomen. Better check these foods and help yourself from the risk of getting diabetes. 

Honestly speaking, losing around 5% to 10% of your total weight can help you lower your blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels.

It is very important to be in touch with your doctor and dietitian as you get this disease. It is always advisable to talk about which type of diet suits you the best. Of course you can eat a lot of very similar type of food as the person without diabetes but the quantity will vary. 

Best thing is that you can have your desert without sugar or use a sugar free one. 

Once you know what and how much you need to eat then you don’t need to think at all. Live your life as normally as you live as you know that the principle of healthy eating is the same. 

Your dietitian will help you to understand what you ought to have. Instead of white rice you can have brown or wild rice. Instead of white bread take whole grained bread. Instead of regular pasta you can take whole – wheat pasta. Such small shuffling can keep you healthier, smarter and happier. 

I always suggest drinking milk. Milk is a good source of vitamins and some researchers have found that women who takes 1200 mg of calcium and more than 800 IU of vitamin D a day have 33% less chance of getting diabetes. 

It is good to have oats in your meal as it lowers bad LDL cholesterol and improves insulin resistance. 

Walnut is one of the best things for diabetic persons. You can chop it and can use it as a great topping for salad.  

Eat healthy and live healthy and help your dietitian to help you whenever it is required. 

WHO:

•    In 2012, an estimated 1.5 million deaths were directly caused by diabetes and another 2.2 million deaths were attributable to high blood glucose**1.

•    Almost half of all deaths attributable to high blood glucose occur before the age of 70 years1. WHO projects that diabetes will be the 7th leading cause of death in 2030 2.

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