Diabetes can be a complicated condition in and of itself. Factor in heart disease, which is a leading cause of death, and you have a double whammy. Think about how heart health relates to diabetes. One of the first things I can point out to you is a diabetes diet that is low in carbs but higher in fat according to heart doctors. That doesn’t mean diabetes diets are supposed to be high in fat, but have you ever tried a diet low in carbs? It’s hard to keep the meat and vegetables off the plate, which is good if you still watch the fat grams and red meat portions.
You are going to have to put your diabetes condition as the top priority when it comes to dieting and your lifestyle in general. That means you’re going to have to make sure you focus on what you have to do for your diabetes, while making sure those changes cover your health in general. Like for example, what are you going to do for exercise? One of my friends who has diabetes always gets on the treadmill, which is of course good for heart health.
You can reverse your priority just for a moment to look at heart healthy foods without any preconditions. What’s great about this is that you’re going to find out that there are many great heart healthy foods that you can eat when you have diabetes. The body’s systems work together, so while there can be complications when planning out your heart healthy diet when you have diabetes, there are also going to be many correlations between the two.
For example, both call for leaving out the junk food. What can you have as a snack? Why not eat some mixed nuts. You’ll end up having to watch your blood sugar count in general on diabetes, so the best thing for you to do is have an arsenal of knowledge about what to eat. Then you can decide when it’s time to eat those things. An organized person with diabetes is actually going to be eating a very heart healthy diet.
Think about cereal and how they tie certain kinds of cereal to heart health. It might or might not be the perfect time for a piece of fruit. You’re certainly going to be leaving off the alcohol and many other things that people tend to eat, drink and take for granted when they aren’t living with diabetes. Keep an eye on your condition, and you can thrive with a healthy heart at the same time.