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How Many Meals Per Day Should People With Diabetes Eat?

For years many Americans have lived with the misguided notion that it is better to eat a series of small meals each day as opposed to three large ones. Recently more information was released that further disproves the age-old myth. Only this time, the researchers involved looked directly at the relationship between meal frequency and diabetes.

The study in the New England Journal of Medicine indicated that opting to consume three appropriately-sized meals a day may be best for blood glucose control, vs several small meals throughout the day. They feel that adopting such a routine may make diabetes management, at least for those diagnosed with type 2, much easier and more effective.

To better understand what those meals should be comprised of, diabetics should consider speaking with members of their healthcare team. There are also a series of breakfast and lunch meal ideas for diabetics available online. One good resource is the American Diabetes Association. They have a list of speedy-to-prepare breakfast, lunch, and dinner ideas that all diabetics may find helpful.

Recommended Foods for Diabetes

Let’s take a look at the important foods that people with diabetes should include in their meal planning.

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Breakfast

Try to include a protein-rich egg or low-fat meat with your breakfast. If you’re on the go, try making a veggie and fruit smoothie with a scoop of your favorite sugar-free protein powder.

Lunch

A light salad is always a good choice. Add greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, and other veggies you enjoy — also add protein in the form of boiled eggs, turkey meat, or tofu cubes. Watch out for take-out or restaurant salads as they can include unhealthy carbs and fatty dressings that are not heart or diabetes healthy. A homemade dressing such as olive oil and balsamic vinegar is an easy and diabetes-friendly option.

Dinner

For dinner, focus on lean proteins, whole grains, and more vegetables. Grilled chicken with asparagus and quinoa is an example of a diabetes-friendly delicious meal.

Conclusion

Of course, study aside, the use of diabetes testing supplies, frequent exercise and maintaining contact with one’s primary care physician are still widely advised by today’s experts. The list of approved, contemporary diabetes testing supplies includes glucose meters, lancets, control solution and more. Advanced Diabetes Supply is a leading national supplier of all diabetes testing supplies. We offer free shipping on all supplies, so contact us to get started today!

For those newly diagnosed with diabetes, we are here to help. Diabetes is a lot to live with, but really, it is manageable! In this article we’ll define a few terms about diabetes and provide a few basic tips to help keep you on track.

Meet An Endocrinologist

For the newly diagnosed the first thing to do is get a good doctor, if possible an endocrinologist, who is a doctor that specializes in diabetes. Have the doctor give you the tests that all people with diabetes are familiar with: the A1C. This test is vital to managing diabetes and the A1C number is an important stat for those managing diabetes to know. Simply put, an A1C is the 3-month average of one’s blood sugar levels.

using-a-glucometer Next, the doctor will prescribe a blood glucose meter, test strips, and lancets so blood glucose levels can be read at home. In most states, if you have a prescription for them they must be covered under your insurance policy. Test as often as the doctor says to or even more if you can afford more strips. The more you test, the more knowledge you will gain, and that will allow you to make better decisions regarding your care.

Find A Community

Learning about diabetes on the internet and through books will give you even more power over the disease. Don’t hesitate to “network” with others living with diabetes. Even from afar, getting support from others in the trenches with you will help stave off feelings of isolation and provide helpful advice from other who get it.

  • America Diabetes Association The ADA is great source of knowledge and support for those living with diabetes.
  • Centers for Disease Control The CDC has an extremely helpful diabetes hub and will keep you informed on the latest in medications and threats to your health.
  • Facebook Of course, Facebook has a wealth of private groups that make it simple to ask questions and receive crowd-sourced answers from those living with diabetes. Simply search for “diabetes” in Facebook’s search bar and you’ll be instantly connected with others dealing with similar diabetes-related issues.

Three Main Diabetes Management Tips

Besides this, everything that you can do to bring your diabetes under control falls under three headings, listed here.

1. Exercise daily.

Exercise is one of the simplest ways to manage diabetes. The CDC recommends that those with diabetes exercise daily for at least 20 minutes. That can be a daily walk, yoga, or other light activities. Start small and just concentrate on listening to your body and elevating your heart rate for 20 minutes. It really makes a difference! Be sure to consult with your doctor before starting an exercise routine.

2. Track what you eat.

Know how the food you eat impacts your blood sugar. You’ll find that eating fewer calories improves blood sugar even before any weight loss, and weight loss is usually a beneficial side effect of eating less. Try using a phone app like Fooducate to make it easier to track caloric intake.

3. Follow the doctor’s orders.

For some people living with diabetes, tips one and two aren’t enough. Take the medicine or insulin that the doctor prescribes and pay attention to their management advice. In between appointments write down any unanswered questions or thoughts that you have about your diabetes care in a journal so you can make the most of your doctor’s visits.

We hope this helps those newly diagnosed with diabetes feel a sense of control. Remember that Advanced Diabetes Supply offers a wealth of helpful information, products, and help, including on-staff Certified Diabetes Educators. Join our Facebook page to stay connected and to learn more!