DIABETES DOES NOT MEAN NO SWEETS

One of the various misconceptions associated with diabetic people is the fact that they cannot consume sweets. Earlier when there was not enough information available on diabetes, even doctors used to be strictly against the idea of diabetic patients consuming sweets since they felt that consumption of sugar in any form would lead to a rapid rise in the blood glucose levels leading to hyperglycemia. There was also the assumption that high consumption of sugar in one's diet was one of the major reasons of diabetes. However, this is not at all true.

Studies have shown and now it is a medically proven fact that diabetes is caused by the rise in blood glucose levels. Now, sugar does cause a rise in these levels but so does carbohydrates such as bread, potatoes, rice etc.

Thus, if we want to include sweets in our diet we just have to more efficiently manage the intake of the carbohydrates and sugar in the body to maintain proper glucose levels. This simple means substituting the heavy carbohydrates with sweets. For eg, there is some special occasion and you want to have a small quantity of sweets that day. For this, you have to ensure you cut back on the consumption of carbohydrates for the day. This ensures that the total amount of carbohydrates in the body remains the same.

One thing which is to be always kept in mind is the fact that though sweets can be consumed without any harmful effects but there should be moderation in the consumption. If kept in mind, this is quite simple to follow. Many people who are serious about maintaing their weight monitor everything they consume. This is quite similar to that.

Apart from consuming sweets, there are many options to satisfy that qench for sugar-

- Eat only a small portion of your favorite dessert like a special pudding or a cake instead of something commone like cookies, biscuits etc.

- Try eating fruits instead of some bakery sweet items like pastries or cakes.

- Try finding more about the sweets which are available for diabetic patients and how much carbohydrates you can avoid by choosing them in favour of normal sweets.

- Try to avoid sugar in the recipes you eat on a daily basis or regularly. This will help you curb the sugar in the diet as well as build up resistance to constant cravings of sweets.

- Find out more about low calorie sweeteners. These are also called as the "free foods". This is because of the fact that they only contribute to making the food sweeter and have no carbohydrates, fat or anything else. These are now approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and the ADA (American Diabetes Association). So this makes them a good addition to the diet of a diabetic person.

- Find out about sugar alcohols and how it can be incorporated in your diet. Even though the name may suggest so, but these do not contain alcohlol in any form. These contain about half the amount of calories as other carbohydrates, Examples are Isomalt, mannitol, sorbitol etc.

Thus, we have seen that even if a person is diabetic, it does not imply the end of consumption of sweets. Moderation and awareness is the key to "sweet" life!