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Type of carbohydrate and amount of fibre
Sample diet plan (for NIDDM)
Sample diet plan (for IDDM)
To remember
Foods to be avoided
Foods to be restricted
Foods to be used freely
Wed,03 Aug 2011 17:06:11 +0530
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  • Objectives
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    • To maintain adequate nutrition
    • To achieve and maintain desirable body weight
    • To maintain normal blood sugar levels
    • To prevent, delay or minimize the onset of chronic degenerative complications
    Diet plays an important role in the treatment of diabetes. The diet may be used alone or in combination with insulin injections or oral hypoglycaemic drugs.

    The diet plan of an individual is based on height, weight, age, sex, physical activity and nature of diabetes. One should consider the following points while planning a diabetic diet:
    • Determining energy requirements
    • Determining the type of carbohydrates, fibre and food preparations
    • Presence of any other complication such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels etc.
    In case of insulin dependent diabetes mellitus, the energy intake is based on needs for normal growth and development, physical activity and maintenance of desirable body weight.

    In case of non insulin dependent diabetes mellitus, the majority of patients are overweight or obese. Therefore, calorie restriction is required to achieve a desired weight.
  • Type of carbohydrate and amount of fibre
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    More of carbohydrate must be given as complex starches rather than simple sugars as they breakdown more slowly to release glucose in blood. The presence of fibre in complex carbohydrate like grains, vegetables and other starches slows the glucose absorption. One should emphasise more on the high fibre foods instead of high fibre supplements available in the market.

    Food groups
    High fibre foods
    Low fibre foods
    Whole cereals like whole wheat, dalia, whole wheat flour
    Refined cereals like rice, bread, maida, suji, noodles, macaroni, etc
    Milk and milk products
    Milk and milk products
    Whole dals and dals with husk
    Washed dals
    Meat, fish and poultry
    Eggs, chicken, fish
    Vegetables like peas, beans, lotus stem etc.
    Vegetables like potato, lauki etc.
    Fruits like apple, cherries, pears, peaches, plums, guava etc.
    Fruit juices and fruits like banana and papaya
  • Sample diet plan (for NIDDM)
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    Early morning
    Tea (preferably without sugar)
    Dalia (salted)/ Paneer on toast
    Tea without sugar
    2 chapatti
    Channa curry / or any other whole dal
    Beans sabzi / or any other sabzi (avoid potatoes)
    Curds / ghia raita
    Salty biscuits
    Vegetable soup / tomato soup / chicken soup
    2 chapatti / missi roti (combining wheat flour with channa flour and soya flour)
    Palak paneer sabzi / paneer bhurji
  • Sample diet plan (for IDDM)
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    Early morning
    Tea (without sugar)
    Corn flakes
    Boiled egg
    Fruit chat
    2 chapatti (add extra chapatti if required)
    Lobia curry / or any other whole dal
    Capsicum sabzi / karela / or any other sabzi
    Curds / raita
    Tea / milk
    Vegetable sandwich
    2 chapatti
    Dry dal
    Cabbage sabzi / or any other sabzi
    Bed time
    Kheer / fruit custard
  • To remember
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    • It is important to control the amount and time of food intake.
    • Meals should not be missed.
    • Consider the likes and dislikes of the patient.
    • Try to substitute the craving for sweet by taking some fruit.
  • Foods to be avoided
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    Glucose, sugar, honey, all sweets, chocolates and candies.
  • Foods to be restricted
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    Potatoes, yam, arbi, sweet potatoes, mangoes, grapes, bananas, alcoholic beverages, fried foods, paranthas, poories, pakoras, mathris, deep fried foods, dry fruits, salad oils, cakes and pastries.
  • Foods to be used freely
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    Green leafy vegetables, tomatoes, cucumber. radish, soups, buttermilk, tea and coffee without sugar.

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