The diabetes rate in the United States is continuing to grow. The numbers released in a 2014 report indicate that nearly 10% of the population of the country has diabetes, many of which are going undiagnosed. Diabetes is diagnosed in one of two forms: type 1 and type 2.

Type 1 is commonly referred to as juvenile diabetes and is the result of a complete lack of insulin production in the system. Insulin is the hormone the body creates that processes sugar to create energy. Type 2 diabetes can develop at any age and is a much more common diagnosis often related to obesity and an overall unhealthy lifestyle. With this condition, the body is unable to use insulin the correct way.

Living with diabetes of either type can be a challenge. Type 1 diabetes cannot be controlled through any means other than insulin injections. Some diabetics rely on implanted insulin pumps to help regulate their condition. Low blood sugar incidents are common. Type 2 diabetes can be controlled by maintaining a healthy diet, exercise plan, and weight.

Especially for type 2 diabetics, maintaining the right nutrition is essential. Everyone leads busy lives and the idea of creating and maintaining a healthy menu each and every day can seem challenging. But there are multiple sources available online to help with meal plans.

Knowing when, what, and how much to eat are the foundations for controlling the negative side effects of diabetes. Making better food choices provides us with more energy, ability to lose excess body weight, and a reduction of the risk of other conditions such as heart disease or stroke which can be caused by diabetes. The most essential factor is making sure that blood sugar levels remain at a consistently healthy range. Depending on the severity and type of diabetes, different meal plans are recommended. Some may also depend on additional medications that can help control the disease in some patients. It is also extremely important to maintain a holistic approach for diabetic living which includes physical exercise and a balanced approach to mental health.

Here are some fantastic sources where you can find recipes and food suggestions for improved diabetic living.

Diabetic cookbooks

Having handy guides in the kitchen to help plan and cook delicious meals that will be loved by the whole family and healthy for diabetic living is essential. Healthline compiled a list of cookbook resources for diabetic meals in this slideshow.

Slow cooker recipes

With the cooler weather and falling leaves, our thoughts are turning to hearty autumn and winter recipes to keep us warm during the coming months. Slow cookers are a kitchen essential in many diabetic living households. Here are some fantastic diabetes-friendly slow cooker recipes to try this Fall.

Budget recipes

Are you trying to save money and also eat right to manage your diabetes? Recipes for diabetic living don’t have to break the bank. Here are a few ideas you can incorporate into your weekly menu and manage the budget at the same time.

Vegetarian recipes

You may be considering a vegetarian diet or others in your household may have already cut meat out of their meals. Diabetic living doesn’t have to be incompatible to vegetarianism. Check out these diabetic vegetarian recipes.

Gluten free recipes

It can be really challenging to cook in a household where multiple diets need to be accounted for. Gluten intolerance and Celiac’s disease can make eating difficult in a lot of situations. Here are a few gluten free recipes that are also great for diabetic living.

Food Network recipes

Foodies love to turn on the Food Network and watch celebrity chefs make and eat cuisine from all over the world. But it can be difficult to watch all that delicious food and not be able to consume any. The Food Network, however, has provided some resources of their own to cook celebrity-chef quality recipes for diabetic living.

Foods for all occasions

Whether you’re looking for main dishes or soups, starters or desserts, or party foods here is a great website with lots of possible recipe options for delicious everyday, special event, and holiday meals.

Pinterest for Diabetic Living

One of the best recipe resources of the modern age is the visual social media site Pinterest. It is one of the fastest growing sites thanks to its easy-to-use format and thousands of ideas. Pinning recipes is a great way to reduce clutter in your kitchen and still make amazing meals. Diabetic Living Magazine has created a pinboard of creative recipes for your kitchen.

Every Day Diabetic

Another pinboard to keep in mind is this one created by the Mr. Food Test Kitchen specifically for people living with diabetes. A quick glance shows everything from carrot cake bread to oven-baked eggrolls to temper your taste buds.

Besides some of these delicious recipe sources, there are also some foods that are best to avoid for diabetic living. These include foods high in sugar, which your body can no longer process correctly due to the diabetes. The best foods to avoid are candy, fruit juices, dried fruit, pastries, and maple syrup. Fried foods such as French fries and bacon can also create problems for healthy diabetic living. Avoid white bread and replace it with whole grain options. Replacing these with healthier choices as described in the recipe resources above will provide a more balanced and holistic approach to controlling your diabetes with the right nutrition.

A diagnosis of diabetes doesn’t have to mean a lifetime of bland and boring foods. Before you make any drastic changes in your diet, be sure to consult your regular doctor and experts in holistic health. You want to ensure that you will not cause yourself harm with your choices and that the foods you eat won’t create problems with other conditions. You also want to supplement a good diet with exercise and a positive mental outlook. Focusing on just one aspect of your health will lead to an imbalance that can cause diabetes and other conditions to worsen over time. With more attention paid to the food you eat you can be happier and healthier long term.

What foods do you like to eat to promote healthy diabetic living in your household?

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