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The general perception is that the ill health effects of Type 2 Diabetes cannot be cured with the help of dietary changes alone. To an extent this is right, but not always, and not in every case. This is because following an altered diet may not help in controlling the underlying diabetes, if the original diet followed was not the root cause of the diabetes in the first place. The root cause may have been for example, a lack of physical activity, chronic stress, or both.
Diet adjustments are made so as to 'remove or lower' the excessive glucose or sugar load from the bloodstream. Though this should be the first step that any person diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes needs to follow, such adjustments in the diet alone are not always capable of curing one from the ill effects of Diabetes 2.
Regarding the diet, Type 2 diabetes is also partly caused by the lack of 'good' fats and an excess of 'poor' quality fats in our diets. Besides contributing to the onset of Type 2 Diabetes, these 'bad' fats can additionally cause other problems such as heart disease, obesity and a few more other dreaded health related conditions.
Diet alterations can be used to control and cure one from the ill effects of Diabetes 2, if done intelligently. So, one needs to understand various parameters in order to 'implement and design' a favorable diet routine that can cure one from the ill effects of Diabetes 2.
PCF ratio is one of these important parameters. PCF stands for protein, carbohydrates and fats. Proper ratios of PCF consist of 20% protein, 30% fats (good fat) and 50% of carbohydrates.
One can consume these proteins from fish, chicken, eggs and nuts, etc, but at the same time, one should also adjust the intake of these things in a very controlled, and limited manner. That means, watch your portion size! Note that in individuals with advanced kidney disease, an excessive intake of protein can lead to further kidney failure, which could be a major problem in some diabetic patients.
Carbohydrates may be taken from many sources, including fruits, vegetables and wholegrains. Those with Type 2 diabetes should ensure that the carbohydrate they are taking in, should be one with a low Glycaemic Index (low GI) value.
Fats come in several types, and the more monounsaturated fat is, the better it will be for you. Fats can be taken in from Oleic sunflower oil, olive oil, canola oil, peanut oil.
The one particular fat which is essential for the healthy functioning of the body is a fat commonly referred to as an 'omega 3 fatty acid'. These are found in oily fish like salmon, and also found in flaxseed which is also known as linseed (which should be ground before consuming, otherwise it cannot be absorbed from the intestines). The 'saturated' fats are the worst for your health, and are absolutely not good for diabetic patients. Finally, one should also aim to consume fiber in copious amounts, as this will help to slow digestion. Slowing digestion also means blood sugar levels will rise more slowly (rather than rising rapidly to high and dangerous levels). Keeping blood sugar levels as low as possible is the ultimate goal of all diabetics. Fibre included in your diet is also thought to help you reduce the risk of obesity, as it is considered to help you feel fuller for longer and help you eat less. An intelligent diet plan can not only help you control, but also help cure you from the ill effects of Type 2 diabetes!