Living with Diabetes

1120 WordsJun 18, 20185 Pages
Almost everyone knows someone who has diabetes. Studies show that diabetes affects 23.6 million people-7.8 percent of the U.S. population. Being diagnosed with diabetes may cause changes in some people’s lives. You can never just look at a diabetic and understand the things that they go through on a daily basis. A question you may ask yourself is, “What is the life of a diabetic like?” Diabetes is a disorder that affects the way your body uses food for growth and energy. Carbohydrates play apart in diabetes. It is a biological compound containing carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen that is an important source of food and energy. When you eat, carbohydrates are broken down into a…show more content…
It is best for diabetics to get their protein from a variety of sources. Diabetics can eat foods that contain protein such as beans, lentils, soybeans, peanuts, pine nuts, free range chicken and turkey, and free-ranged chicken eggs, but not duck and goose eggs. Free Range is a term which outside of the United States denotes a method of farming husbandry where the animals are allowed to roam freely instead of being contained .The type of fat diabetics eat is important to control cholesterol levels. Diabetics should consume food that is high in unsaturated fat. These fats are found mainly in vegetable oils, oily fish, nuts and seeds. Diabetics should also avoid food high in trans fat. Another thing that is important for a diabetic’s health is that they should increase their intake of foods that are rich in fiber. Fiber protects against disorders of the intestines, such as cancer of the colon. Soluble fiber, which is found in oats, oat bran, oatmeal, peas, beans, barley and fruit, is also known to lower blood cholesterol levels, and should be included in the list of foods for a diabetic. Diabetes is a lifelong disease. It cannot be cured, but it is controllable. As long as a diabetic exercises, watches the foods they eat, keeps track of their blood sugar level, sees a doctor on a regular basis, and takes medicine as directed, they will be alright. Just because they have this disease
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