As reported in Preventive Medicine, "A healthy diet including fruits and vegetables could help prevent diabetes from ever occurring. The higher levels of fruit and vegetable consumption might decrease the risk of diabetes in adults, particularly women.” dlife states, "Prediabetics and diabetics would benefit from eating more fresh, raw fruits and vegetables and less refined carbohydrates, in any form." Start loving that brocolli, green beans, apples, etc. They are great snacks too!
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No matter what your diet plan, try to balance the amount of carbohydrates you eat at each meal (i.e., 20 carbs each at breakfast, lunch and dinner or 10 carbs each for 6 meals a day). This keeps insulin surges and drops to a minimum, lessening the chance that sugars will be deposited as fat. I thought I knew EVERYTHING about dieting until a RD taught me this after my Mom's heart surgery.
Especially good advice for anyone diagnosed with diabetes, hypoglycemia, metabolic syndrome X or pre-diabetic tendencies.
Keep something healthy and convenient at the front of your fridge so you can grab it quickly when you need something NOW. Whether you pre-package your own portions or use grocery store convenience foods like carrot snack packs, it will make a huge difference in what you eat if it's something easy for you to grab.
You can pre-portion salad into bowls, pre-cut vegetables for snacking, and pre-portion nuts so you don't overdo it.
These links between high triglyceride levels, diabetes and heart and blood vessel related disease indicate that lowering triglyceride levels should be a prime concern for all diabetics. The American Diabetics Association state that a triglyceride level of greater than or equal to 400 mg/dl puts people with diabetes at high risk for macrovascular disease, a level of 150-399 mg/dl puts them at borderline risk, and a level below 150 mg/dl puts them at low risk for macrovascular disease.
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