Incorporate flexibility into your diabetes diet.
Among the first things a newly diagnosed diabetic is told: eat a low-fat diet to help control cholesterol levels, and watch carbohydrate intake to keep glucose levels in check. But how do diabetics accomplish this without giving up foods they truly love? It turns out, they may not have to, experts say.
Asking people with diabetes to commit to strict diets over a long period usually doesn't work, experts say. Those newly diagnosed with diabetes should be taught the principles behind their new eating style. A good starting point is to understand what carbohydrates, fat, and proteins are, and how they affect blood glucose levels. For example, a diet low in saturated and trans fats is key because it can help reduce a diabetic's elevated odds of developing heart disease.