Food Advice for Young Diabetics with Type 2
First of all you need it to live, to play, to learn, and to grow ofcourse.
Healthy food keeps your blood sugar or glucose (GLOO-kos) levels in balance (not too high or too low), and helps you stay at a healthy weight.
What does food to your body?
Well, food is the fuel that our bodies use for energy. The 3 main sources of 'body-fuel' are carbohydrates (CAR-boh-HY-drate; usually called carbs), protein, and fat.
Our body changes them into glucose for energy or stores them as fat. A car uses gas for energy - we use glucose!
To eat a balance of all these foods every day will help your blood glucose stay in balance and keep your weight where you want it to be.
Carbohydrates (carbs) are a good source of energy for our bodies. A lot of foods contain carbs. Some are better for you than others.
When you eat too many carbs at one time, most likely your blood glucose goes up too high. So, learn to eat the right amount at meal and snack times to keep your blood glucose in balance.
Food with good carbs are:
Whole grain foods, low-fat or nonfat milk and cheese, fresh fruits and vegetables from every color, like orange, yellow, white, green, blue, and purple.
Besides Carbohydrates we mentioned Protein.
Foods with protein help you to build strong muscles and bones. These foods do not make the blood glucose go up like some carbs do. Protein also helps you feel less hungry.
Foods with protein are:
Meat and poultry (without the extra fat or skin), fish, eggs, low-fat cheese, dried beans or peas, white, split, or blackeye, soy products and nuts.
And we mentioned Fat as a good source of fuel for the body.
Fat helps you grow and does not make blood glucose go up but mind that too much fat can make you gain weight.
What fat can you take to keep you healthy?
Small portions of salad dressing, 'lite' mayonnaise, and margarine in a plastic tub.
Nuts, olives, vegetable oil, avocados.
If you want to know more on what you should eat then go to this Food Guide for Young Diabetics
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