Diabetes and Nutrition

Diabetes and Nutrition

The latest statistics show that almost 17 million people in the United States, or almost 6 per cent of the population has diabetes. Although an estimated 11.1 million people have been diagnosed, 5.9 million people are still unaware that they have diabetes. This poses a great problem to health centers and nutrition centers because they do not have access to these people to help them counter the problem, both by diet and medication.

The main reason behind diabetes nutrition control is to help those suffering from diabetes with their glucose levels. Very high glucose levels in the body will lead to severe problems such as blindness, skin diseases, and difficulty of healing of wounds, with the last being the most common.

Causes

When the food intake is not controlled, glucose may increase to unwanted levels. This will eventually cause the walls of cells to become rigid, and this impairs the blood flow though the critical small vessels around the wound surface. It eventually obstructs red blood cells’ accessibility to the wound and due to this; the blood which carries oxygen supply and all the required nutrients will not reach to the wound, causing a very long delayed recovery process.

Nutrition Centers

Diabetes nutrition is good to counter and control the levels of glucose in the body, which is the main barrier to the above problems. Usually a health advisor and nutrition expert will educate both the patient and the patient’s family on diabetes nutrition and management. A layout of what nutrition would be taken and what is prohibited is given so that the patient can clearly see the problem and control his or her food. Usually foods which are prohibited would be those high in calories, sodium, fat, and sugar.

How Does Nutrition for Diabetics Help?

After going through several sessions with the nutrition health practitioner at the center, the patient would have learnt the proper management of diet and lifestyle. A diet without the prohibited foods above will definitely cut down the levels of glucose in the blood. On top of that, certain patients are given insulin injections. With this injection, the patient will be given a special advice on diabetes nutrition. It is crucial that the advice of the dietician and doctor be carefully followed as high (or low) glucose levels can play havoc with blood pressure and other related vital signs.

Last Updated - Sunday, May, 08 2011



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