What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a lifelong disease in which the body cannot use food properly. Food is fuel for the body.
Most of what we eat and drink is digested into the body and changed into sugar called glucose. Glucose is made from everything we eat, not just sugary foods. The glucose passes into the blood and is carried to the rest of the body. Glucose is very important because it provides the energy for the body to work. Insulin is needed to get glucose from the blood into the body cells. The person with diabetes does not make enough insulin or cannot use the insulin their body makes.
Foods are composed of three energy nutrients: carbohydrates, protein and fat, which affects your blood glucose level and insulin response. The diabetic diet requires eating certain amounts of certain foods at regular meals and snacks to help control blood glucose level and match insulin response. Your diet prescription is usually a certain number of calories/day (energy), and percentage or number of grams of carbohydrates, protein and fat in a meal and snack. It can seem complicated, but it''s important. Portion Doctor''s kit provides you with the basics of diabetes and healthy meal planning. It makes it easy to understand. When it comes to diabetes management, good diabetes control cannot be achieved without healthy meal planning.
Portion Doctor''s Diabetes Diet Kit is a simple way for people with diabetes to begin to learn about their diet and diabetes. It is a helpful starting point.
Portion Doctor''s "Serving Your Health" kit will help you:
- Understand your basic diet prescription
- Adjust your eating habits
- Manage your food portions
- Eat a variety of foods
- Balance your Diet
- Keep your diabetes under control
- Lose Weight
Portion Doctor''s Serving Your Health Portion Plates demonstrate a balanced meal and the right kinds of foods in the proper portion sizes. It helps you to learn portion control and plan consistent meals of similar energy nutrient content with a variety of foods. Carbohydrate is the nutrient in food that most affects your blood sugar. Usually, the more carbohydrates you eat, the more your blood sugar rises. Using the tableware will help you spread carbohydrates throughout the day and limit overeating too many carbohydrates at one time, which will help keep your blood sugar level within a safe range. For snacks, you can choose one serving from the bread, starchy foods, milk, or fruit group using the glass or bowl as a reminder for portion control.
You can evaluate your eating habits, adjust your food intake and control your blood sugar. It may help you work better with your dietitian and diabetes educator in planning your diet management of diabetes. It is not a substitute for medical advice. Order your Kit.