Why a diabetic diet?

The main purpose of a diabetic diet is none other than to regulate blood glucose levels to within normal limits and to prevent blood sugar swings (hyperglycemia or high blood sugar and hypoglycemia or low blood sugar). For those who are overweight the main dietary aim is weight reduction.

Because many diabetics are also prone to developing other medical problems that include blood lipid disorders and high blood pressure (hypertension), additional dietary modifications may sometimes be necessary. Failure to normalize cholesterol and triglycerides (forms of blood lipids) may increase a person’s risk of atherosclerosis or hardening of blood arteries. Controlling hypertension may help protect diabetics against heart and kidney diseases.

Besides the above objectives, a diabetics diet should also be nutritionally adequate to meet daily nutrient requirements for growth, development and other normal body functions.


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