Hearing the words “You have diabetes” can strike fear in anyone’s heart, because diabetes leads to so many other frightening health problems: Blindness, hearing loss, heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, kidney disease, and more.
Living with diabetes is more common than most of us know—in fact, more than 25 million Americans have been diagnosed with diabetes. If you or a loved one suffers from the disease, you know that most complications can be prevented by keeping blood glucose levels in check, being physically active, and eating a clean diet.
It’s a lot of information to digest, and many who are first diagnosed are overwhelmed with the enormity of lifestyle changes. One of the biggest is usually a complete overhaul of their diet.
But, unless you’re nutritionist or dietician, it can be complicated to learn how to track calories, fat, protein, carbohydrates, fiber, and cholesterol. Diabetics need to eat a balanced mix of foods that keep their blood sugar from crashing.
This involves monitoring their glucose levels multiple times a day, usually before and after meals. And, that entails a meal plan that details what foods they will eat throughout each day to keep their levels steady.
There’s also a common misconception that diabetics have to adhere to a strict list of only healthy foods. Not true! Diabetics can eat almost anything in moderation, just like someone who doesn’t have the disease. This is where having a detailed meal plan comes in handy.
The first in a series, this 7-day plan features meals and snacks for every day of the week. The recipes are tasty and designed to help you meet your diabetes management goals.
You can even share them with family and friends who want to eat healthier.
A new healthy diet, along with medication and a physician-supervised exercise program, should keep you living a normal, healthy life for a long time to come. And, you can still enjoy dessert if you have a sweet tooth, or indulge in a glass of wine if you desire. The simple pleasures in life don’t have to come to a screeching halt with this controllable disease.
If you or someone close to you has been diagnosed with diabetes, a QualityHealth.com free meal plan can be a real lifesaver to get you started on the right path. Each day a person with diabetes is not eating right, they could potentially be doing more damage to their body.
When signing up you will also be asked several questions about your health history, and the health history of your household. Answering these questions will help QualityHealth customize your online health experience, and also provide you with some additional offers such as the chance to get a free diabetes meter, savings of up to $200 off prescription co-pays, and even a Pharmacy Savings Card that may entitle you to up to 75 percent off at your local pharmacy.
We hope you enjoy this information, and look forward to helping you stay healthy.