diets for real and diabetic patients

Planning of diets for real (renal) and diabetic patients is little bit complicated. Because in this situation you have to choose the food which does not affect the glucose level as well as sodium, phosphorus and potassium level in the blood.

In diabetes human body does not produce sufficient insulin or cannot use insulin. Insulin is a hormone which converts starch, sugar and other food content into energy. When it does not work properly, glucose level goes up and this is called diabetes. Diabetes which occurs due to low sugar threshold in the kidneys is called renal diabetes. In diabetes treatment, diet plays an important role.

Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney diseases. If you have diabetes, avoid foods that contain excess sugar. While planning diets for a real (renal) diabetic patient always remember that salt and salt substitutes contains potassium chloride so avoid or limit the use of salt substitutes. Also limit high protein foods. We get proteins from milk products like yogurt, milk, ice-cream etc.

In renal diabetic diet you can include fruits (which are low in potassium), vegetables, regular margarines and mayonnaise. In this diet you should be careful about low and high potassium foods. Low potassium fruits are apples, grapefruit, pineapple, strawberries, blueberries, cherries, cranberries, tangerines, peaches and pears. You can also include fruit juices in your regular meal. Vegetables like chili pepper, lettuce, spinach, cauliflower, mushrooms, onions, eggplant, cabbage, beans, peas, celery etc. are good for diabetes and should be included in the diet.

A renal diabetic dietary chart provides more details about healthy food.
From bread/starches group you can choose pasta, rice, unsweetened dry cereals, white bread, unsalted crackers, cornbread and cream of wheat. But avoid gingerbread, salted snacks like potato chips, oatmeal, granola or whole wheat cereals and sugar coated cereals. From milk products the recommended food list is; sugar-free yogurt or ice cream, skim or non-fat milk, non-dairy cream etc. Avoid milk product such as buttermilk, chocolate milk, sweetened ice cream or pudding and sweetened yogurt. From meat and meat substitute group you can choose poultry, lean meat, fish, seafood, eggs, cottage cheese (in limited amount), low cholesterol egg substitute, but avoid hot dogs, nuts, sausage, bacon, and canned meats. Recommended fat foods are mayonnaise, sour cream, margarine, cream cheese, low-fat cream cheese, low-fat sour cheese etc. But avoid fatty foods like butter, bacon fat, whipping cream, lard, shortening and margarine with high trans fats. In beverages you can have diet clear soda, homemade tea with artificial sweetener, lemonade with artificial sweetener and water. Avoid drinks like dark colas, beer, Pepsi, fruit-flavored drinks etc. Other restricted sweet and salty foods are, cakes, cookies, ketchup, pizza, honey, syrup, candy, salted chips and snacks, soy sauce, ice cream, donuts etc.

Renal diabetic patient should eat very small amount of food that contains high carbohydrates. They should consume foods with low levels of potassium. For diabetes patients maintaining body weight is essential, it helps to lower glucose level. A renal diabetic diet helps to control body weight, cholesterol (blood fats), and blood pressure.

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