Part 7 – Diabetes Mellitus; Diet and Nutritional Plan

Proper nutritional management or food plan is essential for better glucose control. This in turn helps to reduce the risk of diabetic complications. Daily consistency regarding the types of food including in the meal, their nutritional information, and the time at which they are consumed will help to normalize the blood glucose levels.

Choice is yours

My Plate replaced My Pyramid as the U.S. government’s primary food, to build a healthy plate, consistent with the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. MyPyramid replaced the 1992 Food Guide Pyramid and associated materials. Diabetics have some limitations and differences, though.  If a diabetic chooses proper food items he/she will benefit from them effectively and will be able to have a better control over his/her condition. Thus it is suggested to;

  • Avoid saturated fats and oils; instead of using unsaturated oils found in olive oil, nuts, and canola oil.
    • Moderate salt and salty food consumption, especially when high blood pressure is present.
    •Watch the amount of protein-rich food.
    •Incorporate high-fiber food such as grains, raw vegetables and fruits (fruit is better than the fruit juice).
    •Spread one’s daily carbohydrate intake through the day.
  • Not to eat too much carbohydrate at any time.
  • Choose a small plate not to take more than what you need.
  • Take salad and vegetable before meals. Veggies are magic food items in one’s diet.
  • Take an apple and cabbage in the afternoon.
  • Include lentils and other legume family in your diet
Seyedaghanoor Sadeghi
Seyedaghanoor Sadeghi M.D., Hom.: Graduated from Tehran University of Medical Sciences and Health Services and Iran Homeopathic Learning Center. He is a Certified medical doctor in Iran, and Official member of the Iranian Homeopathy Association, and was granted RIHA certificate and LMHI certificate of membership. He also writes a health page as a journalist in the Tehran Times daily newspaper. Visit his website: