Food Role in Intensive Diabetes Management

With intensive diabetes management you are able to adjust your therapy to suit your food preferences. Got it? Not the other way around where you have to consult your diabetes management plan for a diet. The food you eat plays a big role in intensive diabetes management. You need to know how much calories holds that or another food in order to be able to quantify your food intake. For example, a reasonable goal in your diabetes diet would be to get 10 to 20% of all calories from protein and less than 10% from saturated fat. The remaining calories should be derived from carbohydrates and monosaturated fats. Also, 20 to 35 grams per day of fiber and less than 3,000 milligrams of sodium per day are recommended for consumption.

Nobody says it would be easy to jump on intensive diabetes management! Lots of work must be done and even more learning. It will probably take a few month for you to get used to matching your food intake with insulin dose to achieve the target blood sugar levels in your diabetes management. Start with a mela plan that takes into account your usual food intake. Your meal plan should have about the same number of calories, types of food, and meal timing that you are already used to.

Now you have a great help in planning. There are scores of free and not so free applications to plan your meals. Some of those applications you can find following links to the right. Go for it, click away! 🙂 Special diabets food calculators on dedicated websites already know how much calories and from what source different kind od foods contains. You can type in your calories goal for breakfast and get multitude of ready-to-go menu coplete with recipes.

The next step is to learn to compensate for extra glucose after your meal if your levels are unusually high. Person with diabetes need to have lots of practice figuring out insulin need in terms of the ammount of carbohydrate eaten and adjusting for the changes in exercise routine if person decide to skip evening walk. This is how we begin to fine-tune our diabetes diet and make swift adjustments in insulin doses as needed. This is how we become very efficient in the intensive diabetes management.

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