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How Diabetic Cooking Can Save A Diabetic Person's Life?

May 26, 2008
When people are diagnosed with diabetes, the first thing that comes to their mind is the severe restriction that they will have to face in their food. They may have to give up on most of the things that they like to eat. This becomes a very forbidding proposition. However, this is quite a wrong assumption in reality. Agreed that there will be a lot of restrictions in the diet of diabetic persons, and that they will have to eat certain kinds of food only, but that doesn't mean it is the end of the food tether for them.

There are two types of diabetes mellitus, type 1 diabetes mellitus (known as Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus, IDDM) and type 2 diabetes mellitus (known as Non Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus, NIDDM). In the first type, people have a genetic problem that prohibits them from manufacturing insulin naturally in their bodies. It's not their fault; they haven't caused any damage to their insulin system. However, the food restrictions remain the same.

In people with type 2 diabetes mellitus, the power of insulin to keep blood sugar in control is affected. When this happens in excess, the body insulin can no longer control sugar and needs a supplement from outside for the body to survive. This is when the person will need insulin supplementation. Now, the person needs to monitor what he or she is eating. In many cases, people overload themselves with a lot of inappropriate food, like too many sweets etc. They need to be wary whether the food is contributing to the blood sugar level or increasing the body fat, which can further hamper the proper metabolism of insulin.

That is the cause why food recipes need to be different from normal cooking. Cooking recipes can actually save a patient's life. This sort of cooking focuses more on fibers and the healthy nutrients and less on the fatty stuff which will accumulate in the body and cause harm. An integral part of this cooking will be to stop oil in the diet as much as possible. In recipe favorite food, healthy and nutritious food definitely scores over palatability.

When starting with a diabetic diet, the first real advice would be to visit your dietician. Depending on your body type, he or she will suggest what the right kind of diabetes food for you will be. There are certain foods like bitter gourd and neem (Azadirachta indica) which can help to bring the blood sugar level down. Though these are not very appealing to eat, you will need to include them in your diet. Your dietician will tell you in what measure you need to take them. You will also have a lot of delicious options in your healthy recipes.

Being with the condition you are, a diabetic diet will give you mental peace. You will have the satisfaction of having started on a healthy way of life. You will be happy you are eating right and actively controlling your health condition. No wonder, doctors handling diabetes believe in the adage 'control over the palate is the best control over diabetes.'
About the Author
Sean is a health freak who also loves to write on topics pertaining to health. He has currently written a flurry of diabetes mellitus self-help articles including articles on Diabetic Cooking. You can read more articles from him in this category by clicking on the following link:-
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