Q: What are other lifestyle modifications I need to consider to manage diabetes?
This disease cannot be cured completely. However, you can control it. Here are a few simple tips to control diabetes:
Plan your diet and consume a balanced diet.
Limit carbohydrate and sugar intake.
Monitor your blood glucose regularly.
Take your anti-diabetic medication on time.
Q: What diet should I follow?
Your diet should be high in fibre, low in fat with adequate protein, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals.
Maintain the regular meal timings and try to have 2-3 healthy snacks between meals like soups and salads.
Diet should include boiled, steamed or baked food.
Ensure moderate use of edible oils (groundnut oil, olive oil), less use of ghee and butter.
Drink at least 8-10 glasses of water daily.
Carry fruit or low-calorie high fibre biscuits while traveling.
Q: What should I avoid being a diabetic patient?
Do not shop when you are hungry, you could be tempted to buy oily and fried food.
Avoid maida, white bread, potato, noodles, corn flakes, poori, biryani, naan, fried rice, etc.
Stop having daals with ghee and deep-fried pulses.
Avoid cream soups, carrot juice, deep-fried vegetables, vegetable curries with excess oil.