Living with diabetes is not easy - no - not by a
long shot! Since the body's ability to break down glucose, and with
glucose being an important component in many vital processes for our
existence, diabetes should be combated with efficiency and with
expediency. Failure to do so would be tantamount to surrendering to
the disease, and such, unfortunately, can be fatal.
One way to battle the effects of diabetes and to cushion its ill
effects is to adhere to a strict diabetic diet plan. A diabetic diet
plan consists of a recommended list of daily intakes based on the
diabetic food pyramid. Such a plan will ensure that the diabetic
patient will receive the required nutrients that will help him or
her cope up with the disadvantageous consequences of diabetes.
Nowadays, there are many varieties of a diabetic diet plan.
Dieticians and medical professionals have studied and formulated
many plans consisting of many types of food that will still give
pleasure for the taste buds without compromising the required
nutrients suggested for diabetic patients.
Dr. Nora Bueno, a physician who has been specializing on diabetes
for over a decade now, said that "the 1990s experienced a growth in
the demand for diet plans especially created for diabetic patients."
Such words are very true, and they owe their veracity to the fact
that 9.6% of people over the age of 20 are suffering from diabetes
in 2005, compared to 7.2% in 1991. This statistic is telling. It
means that 20.6 million people, in the US alone, above the age of 20
are diabetic patients. Correlatively, 20.9% of people above the age
of 60 are likewise suffering from diabetes. This percentage
represents 10.3 million people, again, in the US alone, which is a
stark jump from the 7.9 million people above retirement age who were
suffering from diabetes in 1991.
Such an increase in the number of diabetes cases in the US, and in
the world for that matter, has created a large, large demand for a
diabetic diet plan that can easily be integrated with their
lifestyle. But since lifestyles are as varied as the many kinds of
people suffering from diabetes, different types of food are usually
used to comprise a variety of diet plans. Some people who can't seem
to live without meat, for example, are offered synthetic meat
instead of chicken or fish.
Nonetheless, despite the difference in the components that make up
these diet plans, one thing is certain: the best health of the
diabetic patient is the paramount consideration based on the
universally recommended diabetic food pyramid.