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A person suffering from diabetes is always alert about food intake. Imagine, you are out with your friends that are having a late night dinner party. And here you are worried about what you can eat and what not! There are certain foods that a diabetic patient has to stay away from. A diabetic patient has to undertake some precautions when the food is in front of him! So what makes a person’s body diabetic?
Diabetes is a condition, which is caused due to excess sugar in the blood. There are two types of diabetes – Type 1 and Type 2. Type 1 is the condition where the pancreas produces little or no insulin. Type 2 diabetes is quite at an advanced level, where it affects the way, your body reacts to unhealthy life style, eating habits, obesity, and genes. How diabetes affects a person life is dependent on the food choices he makes or how he controls his food habits.
Here is the problem that a diabetic patient has to face when it comes to eating out with friends or anywhere out:
- Eating fat-free: A diabetic person is always conscious of his diet. He cannot simply afford to pile on junk food for the fear of increasing glucose levels in his blood.
- Feeling thirsty: When there is a rise in the glucose levels, the person may experience dehydration, due to which he will have to drink water and take constant loo breaks.
- Timely check-ups: Routine check-up is advised for a diabetic patient. A doctor has to check his eyes and feet for any numbness or calluses or infection.
- Controlling weight: Adding up on weight can affect the blood sugar levels and thereby can pose a risk in the long run.
- Cut on alcohol: Consuming alcohol can have adverse effects on a diabetic patient. There are chances, of increase or decrease in the blood sugar level, when one drinks alcohol. It is therefore advised a control one’s intake of alcohol.
- Limited exercise: A diabetic cannot exhaust himself while exercising. More intensive workout means more releasing of glucose levels by the liver. The patient will also need insulin to bring down the glucose levels.
- Eyes: Once you are diagnosed with diabetes, eyes need to be checked every few months. diabetes can harm the small blood cells in the retina and can also cause cataract and glaucoma.
- Cutting down the carbs: Diets with carbohydrates can increase your blood sugar level. Then again have to inject insulin to balance it out. Eating a balanced and controlled diet can help the patient to keep diabetes under control.
- Insulin: When diabetic patient’s pancreas does not produce enough insulin, they will have to inject at least 2 insulin at a time and when it is high risk, the insulin injection can go up to 5 also!
Diabetes requires patients to maintain a healthy lifestyle and controlled eating habits. Keep on checking your blood sugar levels to be on the safer side. Diabetes cannot be cured but can be controlled.