About food and diabetes

Changes in eating behavior are often necessary in relation to the habits that led to being overweight and diabetes. It is known that dietary stress increases the sensitivity of fat cells to the action of insulin. Therefore, weight loss is the first treatment for type 2 diabetes.

Watching your diet

If you are impacted, a dietitian will estimate with you (and using a "food diary" that will stand for a few weeks) the quantity and quality of food you will need. The dietician will help you correct your mistakes and show you how to balance your meals, changing your way of cooking food, or even teach you how to read an industrial product label. A good understanding of the major food groups, classification of nutrients and their roles, nutritional needs, the use of vegetables and fruit in the fight against overweight will help you to lose weight wisely and sustainably while eating well and without formal prohibited. For type 2 diabetes, the only real problem is ... eat less than its hunger and reduce fat.

The 10 basic rules

  • Decrease the average caloric intake and limit fat intake (fat are 2-3 times more calories than carbohydrates) if you are overweight.
  • Avoid or limit simple sugars (foods that taste sweet like sugar, honey, desserts, soft drinks) but consume carbohydrates instead (bread and starches).
  • Prefer unsaturated fats (fish, vegetable oils ...) to saturated fats.
  • Ensure smooth food intake in three meals.
  • Choose lean meat and eat fish 2-3 times a week.
  • Know the most caloric foods and avoid them.
  • Learn equivalences, because they allow you to vary the meals, replacing food with another.
  • Beware of fat "hidden", learn to recognize them: a pastry contains sugar as well as fat, red meat does not bring as proteins, but also a lot of saturated fats, etc.
  • Eat right, plan your diet, avoid snacking between meals, move and ... serve as a model for your family since this lifestyle is for everyone !
  • Reduce the amount of fat in your diet by avoiding fried foods and reducing the alcohol and salt consumption, you can replace it with herbs, spices or lemon juice in seasonings.