The relationship between food and diabetes is very closely knit and so it is important to maintain a consistently healthy diet.
Dr. Ambrish Mithal (Chairman & Head, Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes, Max Hospital, Saket & Gurgaon) states that we are what we eat. It is important to examine our food and ensure that it nourishes us. He speaks about how the pandemic has modified our eating patterns by encouraging us to eat at home. This way we are consuming clean, well-cooked food and have reduced stomach infections. However, we eat more often than we need to. Additionally, just because people are eating at home does not mean they are eating healthy and calorie-conscious food.
Diabetic patients particularly, need to exercise caution and maintain a healthy diet. To keep your diabetes in control, Dr. Ambrish Mithal recommends limited consumption of festive foods. He explains how generally people are aware of what is healthy and what is not, however, in the ensuing tussle between taste and the doctor’s recommendation, few make the right decision.
Regardless, Dr. Ambrish recommends abstaining from refined sugar and hidden sugar in the form of bread, wheat, and rice. Refined carbohydrates and trans-fats must also be avoided. Instead, he advises eating fibre-rich foods, healthy fats, and not neglecting intake of protein.
He informs how a healthy diet not only benefits diabetes, but also helps control blood pressure, and maintain a strong heart. However, if your diet goes for a toss during celebrations, don’t make drastic dietary changes immediately after, to compensate.
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