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Diabetes Mellitis Diet

by Brad McHargue
  • Overview

    Diabetes mellitus is an umbrella term used to describe Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, conditions that develop when the level of glucose in your blood is too high. Both types of diabetes can be partially controlled by following a proper diet.
  • Symptoms

    The exact symptoms you may experience are dependent on the form of diabetes you have, though there are common symptoms that can occur in both types. Possible symptoms include having to urinate more frequently; an increased sense of thirst; persistent infections that can occur in the gums, skin, vagina or bladder; sores that take a long time to heal; fatigue; weight loss that can't be explained; and an extreme feeling of hunger. If you experience any of these symptoms, you should consult your doctor immediately to see if you have diabetes and if you do, the proper way to manage it.
  • Diet

    According to the Mayo Clinic, a diet for those with either type of diabetes is just like any regular diet. Sweets, animal products and other foods that are high in sugars or considered "unhealthy" should be avoided or eaten in extreme moderation. Your diet should include high amounts of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. This is, in fact, the type of diet that everyone, even those who are considered healthy, should follow. Once diagnosed with diabetes, your physician and a dietitian will work with you to formulate an easy-to-follow diet plan to help you keep your blood sugar in check. This diet should be followed in conjunction with a proper exercise plan, which should also be discussed with your doctor.

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