Diwali: Special diet tips for diabetics

Diwali is a time when varieties of mithai, fried food is served and it becomes difficult for any individual especially a diabetic to take care of his/her diet. Food during Diwali is traditionally sweet. Sugar and ghee are present in many of the foods which means, they are often highly calorific and the sugar will raise blood glucose levels quickly. Diabetes is a lifestyle disease and it is very important to take care of the dietary intake to maintain good control

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The results of a poor diet, sedentary lifestyle and long working hours have become worrisome. And diabetes, which is known as the silent killer, happens to be the most dangerous of them all, plaguing millions across the world. It not only puts people at the risk of obesity, heart disease and a stroke, but also triggers an extreme lifestyle change.

Dr Pradeep Gadge, Diabetologist, Gadge Diabetes Centre, Mumbai
Dr Pradeep Gadge, Diabetologist, Gadge Diabetes Centre, Mumbai

Festival is a time when varieties of food items are served and it becomes difficult to control for diabetic the patients. Diabetics have to take utmost care of their diet. Regular exercise and mindful eating is required to enjoy the festival in a healthy way advised Dr Pradeep Gadge, Diabetologist, Gadge Diabetes Centre, Mumbai.

Dr Gadge gives tips for diabetes to help them celebrate a healthy Diwali:

  • Eat foods fibre-rich foods: Avoid starchy carbs and opt for whole grain carbs and fruits. As they help in maintaining your blood sugar levels.
  • Eat home-made sweets: Sugar-free sweets available in the market are made from jaggery and dates. Make sweets at home which are sucralose based and do not use aspartame. Limit yourself, don’t go overboard.
  • Focus on portion control: Do not eat too many sweets at one go
  • Make more baked food stuffs rather than deep frying food stuffs.
  • Keep sipping water in between: As it helps to flush out the toxins accumulated in your body due to wrong eating.
  • Don’t let your fitness regime take a back seat: Just a 30 minutes’ walk will not make much difference to your hectic schedule.