What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a disease that affects how your body processes glucose (sugar), which come from carbohydrates and alcohol. The human body uses carbs to send energy to the cells that make up tissues, muscles as well as fuel for your brain. Having diabetes means your body isn't capable of properly maintaining the level of sugars in your blood, resulting in abnormally high blood sugars. Having too much glucose in the blood significantly shortens life spans, and leads to other severe medical conditions such as cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
In a normal functioning body, insulin is produced to make automatic adjustments to the level of glucose in the blood. Diabetics will not be able to produce enough insulin to support this need, or the insulin they produce doesn't get absorbed by the body. In many cases, both instances can apply. Understanding and adhering to proper diabetic diets is critical to maintaining healthy blood sugar levels. There is no cheating! Overdue your carb intake at any given meal and you have just put a tremendous strain on the function of the major organs in your body.
Most newly diagnosed diabetics automatically think "no carbs" is the best to manage their diabetes. That couldn't be further from the truth. Your body does need carbohydrates to send energy to the cells in your tissue, muscles, and brain. Think of it this way: Say you're going to the movies one night, and you have no gas in your car. Properly managing your diabetes would be like calculating exactly how much gas you need to drive to the movies and get back home, with as little left over as possible.Common Symptoms of High Blood Sugar (Hyperglycemia)
- You're thirsty. The only way you get sugar out if your body is by urination. Feeling thirsty is your body's way of saying hydrate me!
- Reoccurring headaches
- Lethargic or Trouble Concentrating
- Excessive Fatigue
- Blurred Vision
- Chronic Constipation
Diabetic meal planning is not an easy skill because every "body" is different, and the intensity of everyone's diabetes is also equally unique. A meal plan from a book would be better than no meal plan at all, but a diabetic meal plan created for your body would be the gift you could give yourself.