Being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes can be very scary, and for good reason: failing to make important lifestyle — and especially diet-based — changes can result in serious damage to some of your major organs, including the kidneys and heart. Unfortunately, a growing number of North Americans face this significant health challenge every day.
The good news is that you can enjoy a fairly normal life by ensuring that you make a few critical changes to your diet. It’s all about avoiding certain foods while adding more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains to your diet on a daily basis. So, what kinds of foods should you be eating and what, exactly, should you be avoiding? Let’s take a closer look.
1. Monitor Your Carb Intake
The first thing you will need to do following a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes is start following your intake of carbohydrates much more closely. That’s because foods high in carbohydrates, like bread, rice, and cereal, are most likely to raise your blood glucose levels to dangerous heights, potentially damaging major organs like the kidneys.
That doesn’t mean you have to cut out carbs altogether. In fact, consuming carbs at important moments, like when your blood sugar levels dip, can help you keep your blood glucose at a healthy point. To be safe, it’s best to start paying closer attention to the amount of carbs in your food, and to establish a clear idea of how many carbohydrates you can consume before your blood sugar levels begin to threaten your overall health. Although rates will vary on an individual basis, carbs shouldn’t account for more than about two-thirds of your total calories consumed.