Healthy Living For Diabetics

The most important part of eating healthy for a diabetic is moderation and timing. There is no ‘one diet fits all’ approach for diabetics. This means that a diabetic must monitor blood glucose levels often and consult with the doctor frequently. Even healthy foods eaten to excess can damage the diet and create weight gain. Different foods may affect diabetics in various ways, so moderation, control, and monitoring become highly vital to healthy living. These dietary suggestions are healthy changes for all age groups.

It is important to be wary of the amount of starch and sugars in processed and fresh foods. Carbohydrates are starches and sugars that quickly raise the blood glucose level after consumption. Fats are also converted to blood glucose, but the process of conversion in the body can take between six and eight hours. With carbohydrates, it can be as little as half an hour.


  • Check your blood glucose levels as instructed by your doctor
  • Follow a healthy diet in moderation
  • Eat a variety fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Check the labels of foods for fat content
  • Check the labels for sugar content, and carbohydrate content
  • Use moderation and variation in foods and exercise
  • Keep good, open lines of communication with your physician’s office
  • Be aware of what foods you are eating and their effect on your blood glucose levels
  • Do your research! Know what foods contain carbohydrates and fats


  • Eat foods that are high in starch and sugars often
  • Forget to check your blood glucose levels
  • Consume frozen, canned, or bottled juices or nectars… these are nearly always high in sugar
  • Starve yourself to ‘lose weight’… this can be very damaging, and in some cases requires hospitalization
  • Eat fast food frequently… these are almost always high in fat and carbohydrates
  • Eat foods (of any kind) to excess, instead, monitor your meals carefully
  • Buy processed grain
  • Forget that these are simple and do-able dietary changes
  • Exercise to excess or beyond your doctor’s recommendations… this can cause more problems that it will solve

According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), the dietary lifestyle of a diabetic can have a profound impact on their health status. It is important as a diabetic to eat a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. If you are not able to get fresh fruits and vegetables, look for canned or jarred foods with no sugar added in your grocer’s aisle. A wide range of fruits and vegetables is important to maintain a healthy diet. Select fruits and vegetables with a wide range of colors. Choose greens such as spinach, broccoli and green beans. Carrots, tomatoes, and cauliflower are also colorful additions to your diet. Include whole-grain rather than processed wheat in your diet. Dried beans like kidney, pinto, and lentils are good additions as well. Fish should be eaten two to three times per week. Lean meats suck as pork loin, sirloin, chicken, and turkey (remove the skins) are healthy additions. Use liquid cooking oils rather than shortening or lard. It is recommended by the ADA to check the labels and look for oils with low saturated and trans-fats. Non-fat dairy foods will add calcium to the diet. This includes skim milk, non-fat and sugar free yogurt, and non- or low-fat cheeses. It is strongly recommended to cut soda, juice, fruit punch and sweetened tea drinks out of the diet. Sugar-free sodas will still have carbohydrates in them, so this is a precaution. Water, calorie-free and sugar-free drinks are good additions.


Exercising is good for the body. Depending on your physical condition and age, you should discuss all exercise regimens with your doctor, dietician, or other medical professional BEFORE you begin. The ADA comments that children’s play should be monitored to balance the glycemic control, especially during the teenage years when hormones can also alter blood glucose, energy levels, and so forth. Good communication with educators and doctors will help the person with juvenile diabetes to monitor both exercises and blood glucose levels. For the older diabetic person, low-impact exercises are recommended. This includes walking and in-chair exercises such as arm and leg strengthening. Activities in this area are motion-based, such as stretching the arms over the head.


Please check labels as many brands have multiple-product lines as sugar free and not sugar free. Also, remember that sugar free does NOT mean that a food is starch-free. Diabetics and other healthy-living enthusiasts have used many of these products… but these are only suggested products. There is no affiliation between the writer or web-master directly with these companies. Please, check the labels and monitor your blood glucose! Remember to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables, and lean meats as often as possible.

  • Crystal Light
  • Natural Fruit Teas by Celestial Seasonings (this is a good processed juice replacement)
  • Asher’s Sugar Free Deserts
  • Low-Calorie Sweeteners with Aspartame: NutraSweet, Equal and Sugar Twin
  • Log Cabin Syrups
  • Smuckers Jams and Jellies
  • Van Holten Pickles
  • Trident, Monin
  • IBC Rootbeer, Ice Breakers, Landies, Mentos, Novartis, Protria, Nestle, Sans Sucre, Torani, Georgies,
  • Doctor’s CarbRite, Halter Bonbons, Judy’s Candy,
  • Ross Chocolates,
  • Novartis - DietSOURCE
  • Heavenly Dessert’s
  • Diabeti Brand Sweeteners & Health Care Products
  • James Salt Water Taffy
  • Diabetic Tussin (cough syrup)

These tasty replacement foods can help diabetics as they make their own individual plans for living a healthy life.

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9 Responses to “Healthy Living For Diabetics”

  1. Seamless Socks Says:

    This is some great information for diabetics. I will be sharing with my family who suffer with diabetes.

  2. Andy from best cross trainers Says:

    Good summary. Am not personally diabetic and take lot of the treats that I eat very much for granted. It is nice to know however that there are low sugar alternatives. I think that it is however very much worth sacrificing some of the foods that you love to ensure long term health.



  3. Adam from assurance hypothecaire Says:

    My father died of diabetes, after he died we became aware of this sickness. This information of yours is true, the do’s and don’ts. I will recommend your information to those passers by in your blog. Thanks again for reminding us about diabetes.

  4. bethany from makeup artist in san antonio Says:

    it is good to know that Crystal light, Smuckers, and IBC root beer are all diabetic friendly because it can sometimes be stressful shopping for a family member or friend who is diabetic: in my case, my aunt.

  5. Dan Wilson from Diabetes Research Says:

    It is true that diabetes can bring certain complications which impede the normal development of daily tasks. However, with proper treatment and following recommendations indicated by your doctor, you can still enjoy a healthy life.

  6. Sandi from Date Palms Says:

    Doctors are often held in very high regard, but be cautious. They are not the demigods they think they are. Don’t always listen to your doctor. Be very keen to your body. Doctors often make mistakes. More often than you think. An overdose can cause your sugar level to drop significantly and cause you to fall into a coma or die, particularly if you make the suggested changes in your diet and take the medication as prescribed. The more strict you are the greater the risk of having an incident of hypoglacimia.

  7. Sam from Professional Make Up Says:

    I think it’s really bad how much sugar and salt is in most of the food you by. I am not diabetic and that annoys me just because it is generally unhealthy. If I want sugar or salt in my food I can put it in myself. This must be particularly troublesome for those who are diabetic, and there’s so much they can’t eat.

  8. aldi Says:

    One more, record your blood glucose levels every time you test is important. Just like my grandfather.

  9. pool table Says:

    This is great. I believe moderation plays a huge role in our overall health.

    And also, Sam from Professional Make Up:

    I could not agree more. I am so disgusted with how much sodium is added to everything we eat and buy. I have been trying to get away from it but it just keeps on creeping back.

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