Today is World Diabetes Day an annual event to raise awareness about diabetes in Australia. Diabetes affects more than 1.7 million Australians, with a further 275 being diagnosed each day. Heart disease, stroke, blindness, limb amputation and kidney failure are just a few complications associated with the condition. While type 1 diabetes can't be prevented, type 2 diabetes can be avoided by keeping fit, healthy and eating right. So to kick off today, we've got five delicious, diabetic friendly cookbooks for you to read right now.
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In honour of National Diabetes Week, we’ve covered must-have pantry staples to our top five diabetic friendly cookbooks. And because it’s Friday (hooray!) it means that many of you might be venturing out over the weekend. Whether you’re waiting in line for a movie ticket or your first course at dinner, it can be these unforeseen times when a diabetic’s blood sugar may drop. By keeping a handful of healthy carb snacks in your bag, you’ll be ready to handle any unexpected events or emergency ‘hypos’. From jelly beans, popcorn to veggie sticks, see which between-meal snacks to pack!
Living with diabetes doesn't mean you have to give up all the goods things. Kara Landau, Corporate Nutrition Melbourne's, head dietitian and author of The Clean Separation, says you should focus on foods that are flavoursome, rich in spices and herbs, and are high in nutrition, rather than the foods you shouldn't have.
Kara says, "Milk technically has a low glycemic index (which is advised for diabetics), but strangely produces an uncharacteristically high insulin response. I would suggest mixing between a reduced fat milk, as it will help reduce the total calorie intake whilst still providing some of the fat soluble vitamins naturally present in the milk."
Click through to swap five more of Kara's pantry staples.
Yesterday, we brought our top five, diabetic friendly cookbooks to the table in honour of National Diabetes Week. Today, we're showcasing the must-know resource list for not just the newly diagnosed diabetic, but for long-time sufferers as well. From food blogs to life-saving supplies, get informed.