Dietary modifications coupled with drug therapy can prove quite effective in maintaining blood glucose levels, close to normal. Being aware about your options in diet can equip you substantially in taking a proactive role in managing your condition.
However, there is nothing called a “diabetic diet”. A diabetes patient can take a normal diet but with certain modifications. Nutritional management in diabetes is individualised according to the therapy used and complementary lifestyle changes and are aimed at meeting the following objectives:
- Maintain optimal blood glucose levels.
- Maintain optimal blood lipid levels.
- Provide adequate nutrition.
- Achieve and maintain a desirable body weight.
- Delay the occurrence of chronic complications.