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Learn about a host of diabetes-related topics such as how many Americans suffer from this disease to how to easily adjust to a new diet after diagnoses. This section will provide you with the information you need to make informed dietary decisions regarding diabetes.


Diabetes: Is BistroMD Appropriate For Someone With Diabetes?

Diabetes: Is BistroMD Appropriate For Someone With Diabetes?

Our meal plan is ideal for people with diabetes, because it contains adequate protein, low fat, and low glycemic load foods that taste great. Did we mention that it's also gourmet?

Diabetes and snacking.

A lot of people ask if they really need to eat the snacks, either because they are not hungry, or they believe them to be extra calories. Their thought process follows the logic that by cutting the snack, they will lose weight faster. Eating the snacks provided in your BistroMD meal plan is very important, as is eating protein roughly every 3-4 hours in order to keep blood sugars stable. This also ensures an adequate caloric intake, and keeps your metabolism from dropping.

If you are on medication to treat diabetes, and lower your blood sugar, you may need a lower dose of medication to avoid hypoglycemia. This is most important for diabetics who take insulin, or oral medications such as sulfonaureas, which cause your body to release more insulin. Some of my patients have discontinued taking large doses of insulin entirely as they follow the meal plan. Please note that hypoglycemia is life-threatening. If it occurs while driving, you could get into an accident. Please discuss any attempts at dieting with your physician, especially if you take insulin or medications such as: Amaryl, Diabeta, Glipizide and many others for diabetes. If you have a blood glucose meter, make sure to use it regularly to determine if your blood sugar is falling, as this requires a decrease in your medication. As always consult your physician before making any changes. Weight loss is a lifestyle change that people with diabetes can make in order to improve diabetes and decrease the need for medication.

An important consideration is that some people with diabetes develop a kidney disease called diabetic nephropathy. People with nephropathy may require a reduction in their dietary protein intake. Please check with you doctor to determine if this meal plan is suitable for you with your medical conditions.

A break-down of the carbohydrate, protein, and fat for each day of the meal plan is listed below for your convenience in communicating with your doctor.

BistroMD meal plans average 1200 to 1400 calories per day. Of this:

20-25% of calories are from fat (25-35 grams of fat per day)
30-35% of calories from carbohydrates (90-110 grams per day)
40-45% of calories from protein (120-140 grams of protein per day)

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