This week’s topic of saturated fat is the fourth in our 4-part series on the primary dietary limitations for diabetic heart patients. For the earlier topics, sugar, salt and starchy/refined…Read More
Is This Your Story?
You’ve been dealing with diabetes for awhile and you’ve made dietary changes for that, but now they’re saying you have heart disease.
This new diagnosis, besides being scary, adds a whole new layer of complexity. Your books and resources that help you with diabetic living say nothing about heart disease. And the heart-healthy cookbooks you’ve started looking at contain things you know are not appropriate for diabetic patients.
The dietitians, doctors and nurses can tell you where the diets overlap and how they are different. But there seems to be a need for resources that integrate lifestyle change needs. Plenty of sites, cookbooks, and other resources deal with single-issue needs, like diabetes, heart health, or low sodium diets. Thousands more resources address eating healthier, lowering fat, and specialty diets.
This is a place for integrating a lifestyle of diabetic and heart-healthy eating. This might mean:
- Lowering your sodium intake, to keep blood pressure under control, putting less strain on your blood vessels
- Lowering your unhealthy fats, meaning saturated fats, trans-fats and other fats that increase your cholesterol and plaque buildup
- Minimizing sugar intake, to help you control blood glucose more naturally, and
- Minimizing starchy carbs that spike your blood sugar.
Easy to talk about, but hard to do. In everyday life, you need tips, guidelines and resources. You need to get started now, because maybe your motivation level might be at its highest level right after a diagnosis. There’s no better time to get started, and your life depends on it.