I noted during diabetes eye screening that many do not follow a “diabetic regimen.”
I am not an expert in diabetes but have seen too much damage including blindness. Following are diabetic good practices.
This is not a substitute for any advice given by your healthcare professional assisting you with diabetes.
There are 3 basic areas of importance:
3. No Smoking
Smoking will eventually make you blind as nicotine weakens the already weakened blood vessel walls. I witnessed a diabetic patient who smoked go blind while I looked in her eyes. She started with 20/20 visual acuity and ended with 20/200.
Daily exercise of 20 minutes is essential. Walking is the best form.
The important part of diet is foods to eliminate:
1. Sugar - duh
2. Soda pop - duh (diabetic sugar substitutes may not be that healthy)
3. Pastries, cookies, pies, ice cream, deserts duh (diabetic sugar substitutes may not be that healthy)
If you don’t know 1, 2, and 3 above, you are in a lot of trouble and need to make a big change.
5. Fruit (except blueberries in moderation) Watermelon and bananas are the worst
6. Fruit juice
7. Alcoholic beverages
8. Bread and chips
10. Potatoes, only in moderation but not fried
11. Any processed food, etc. with a sugar count above 9 grams.
What can I eat?
1. Any vegetable except potato
2. All meats
5. Coffee or tea without sugar or cream