COVID-19 is more likely to cause major problems in diabetics. When infected with the virus, diabetics are more likely to experience more serious symptoms and complications than non-diabetics. If diabetes is well managed, COVID-19 may be less likely to really get sick. Diabetics with poor glycemic control are more likely to have the serious complications of COVID-19 and to invasive fungal infections such as mucor disease (black fungus). If you are a diabetic, nutrition and physical activity are important elements of a balanced lifestyle. Staying active according to a nutritious diet plan will, among other things, help keep your blood sugar within the desired range.
To control blood sugar, you need to balance what you eat and drink with exercise and, if necessary, diabetes medications. What you eat, how much you eat, and when you eat are all important factors in keeping your blood sugar within the limits recommended by your doctor.
A balanced diet, proper nutrition, and a healthy lifestyle can help improve blood sugar control and restore immune levels.
After Covid-19, people tend to have a greedy appetite, so small frequent meals-three major meals and three light meals are preferred.
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Nutrition Week: Foods Consumed for Diabetics After COVID-19
You may be worried that being a diabetic may force you to give up the food you enjoy. The good news is that you can still eat your favorite foods, either in small quantities or infrequently. Some of the foods you can eat in safe quantities are:
Whole grains-red rice millet, broken wheat, oats, cornmeal, barley, grains, legumes, legumes. Helps stabilize blood sugar levels.
Recommended fruits and vegetables-broccoli, carrots, green peas, oranges, apples, grapes. Fruits are rich in antioxidants that help normalize blood sugar levels. It is healthier to consume whole fruits than juice. Consumption of sugar substitutes should be prioritized over sugar.
Protein intake-lean encounters like egg whites, chicken, fish, paneer, soy-based products, legumes (dal, neemgram)
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Healthy fats for the heart-nuts, seeds, and oils such as canola and olive oil at ambient temperature, salmon, tuna, mackerel, avocado. Use oil during cooking.
Low-fat meat-chicken breast, eggs, fish, milk, yogurt, cottage cheese.
Water Intake-Water flushes toxic substances from the body and consumes large amounts of water to maintain good health.
Eat foods with a low glycemic index and more complex carbohydrates. Eat small meals frequently.
Nutrition Week 2021: Foods to Avoid for Diabetics After COVID-19
Direct sugar such as jams, mitai and other sweets is no no.
Lean meat has a high content of saturated fats that can promote inflammation and should generally be avoided with or without COVID-19.
Avoid processed foods such as refined foods and bakery products, highly saturated fat foods, and fried foods. Also, limit your intake of salt and sweets.
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When it comes to fruits, bananas, mangoes and chikus should be avoided. Do not consume raw vegetables as they can cause additional illnesses such as diarrhea and bloating.
Carbonated and sweet drinks should be replaced with water.
For coffee and tea, try using sugar alternatives.
Alcohol has the ability to alter the gut microbiota in just 3-4 days and raises the level of inflammation, which has a direct impact on recovery.
When should diabetics eat?
Diabetics usually need to eat at about the same time each day. Others may be able to be more flexible with their meal times. Depending on your diabetes medication and insulin type, you may need to consume about the same amount of carbohydrates at the same time each day. With “in-meal” insulin, you can make your meal schedule more flexible. If you are using diabetes medications or insulin and miss or delay your diet, your blood sugar may drop too low.
Three main meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are normal hours, and light meals are 11am, 5pm and 10pm.
Physician-recommended diet for diabetics after COVID-19
If you have diabetes and are recovering from COVID-19, it is important that you eat on time. People often experience fatigue, but eating a balanced diet can alleviate it. The prescription should be to eat properly and on schedule.
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The contents of breakfast are as follows.
Oatmeal or sugar-free cereals with milk and eggs
Dosa with multi-grain flower, sambar and buttermilk
Roti, green vegetables, 1 buttermilk
Nuts, seeds and fruits are all good choices
1 flatbread, 1 tofu, 1 dull, 1 green vegetable / chicken curry
1 cup of card, 1 cup of dull, bean sprout, pilaf
Green tea with cookies, roasted chana, fox (mahana)
Supper will be as follows.
Soup, salad, 1 cup of roti, 1 cup of dal / curd, 1 cup of vegetables and chicken
If you’re hungry, you can drink a glass of milk before going to bed.
About the author: Dr. AdityaG Hegde is a consultant-Diabetes and Endocrinology at Manipal Hospital on Old Airport Road in Manipal.
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