Typical Diet for Diabetes Type-1 Patients – Western, Ayurveda and Natural

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Type 1 diabetes also known as “Juvenile Diabetes” occurs among young people. According to Ayurveda, Diabetes is sub-divided into 20 categories. But Western Medicine basically divides Diabetes into Type-1 and Type-2 which has many causes..

What Diet to Follow for Type-1 Diabetic Patients?

Whatever may be the therapy, it should be a multi-pronged approach. Lifestyle remedies are important part of diet curriculum for Type 1 diabetes treatment.

  • Foods should not consist of too much sugar.
  • Foods should be limited to simple carbohydrates.
  • Eating smaller portions will reduce high glucose levels.
  • Eating a variety of whole grain foods will also control Type 1 diabetes.
  • Using less fat and less salt is also beneficial.
  • Taking complex carbohydrates and vegetables every day will balance the sugar levels.
  • Avoid smoking and Intake of alcohol.
  • Check Blood Sugar level once in fifteen days.  If the sugar levels are high, checking daily is also important.
  • Maintain ideal body weight and check your weight regularly.
  • Maintain the Height to Weight ratio within the limits.

What is BMI and How it can be Helpful reducing Type-1 Diabetes?

BMI which means Body Mass Index is used to determine whether you are in healthy range and check for obesity.

Calculated from a person’s height and weight, BMI breaks down into four categories:

  • Underweight: BMI below 18.5
  • Normal: BMI ranging between18.5 and 24.9
  • Overweight: BMI between 25 and 29.9
  • Obese: BMI of 30 or higher
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Another significant fact regarding diet for diabetic people is that they should maintain food proportion of 60% vegetables, 30% protein, 10% carbohydrates. Also 20 minutes of brisk walking each day helps in blood sugar control.

Ayurveda and Type-1 Diabetic Diet

According to Ayurveda, the best diet for diabetes Type-1 patients is a Kapha-pacifying diet. To make things simple, a Kapha-specifying diet favors warm foods and hot beverages.

Try to avoid cold foods, cold drinks and frozen desserts. Always in the best interest eat freshly prepared vegetable and legume dishes.

The following foods should be favored in your diet in general.

  • Lighter diet of less rich foods. Favor dry, light, and crunchy foods. Favor pungent (hot, spicy), bitter and astringent tastes.

The following foods should be reduced in a type-1 diabetic meal.

  • Avoid large quantities of food at night. Avoid oil and greasy (deep fried) foods. Avoid cold (raw) or re-heated foods. Avoid heavy foods such as frozen or canned foods and sweet, sour and salty tastes.
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Intake of too-much protein food should be avoided as this can strain the kidneys. This will also increase the Urine Micro-Albumin levels – a harmful factor for the functioning of the kidneys.

A diabetic diet should less consist of rice, potato, sweet fruits, white flour, wheat, red meat and sago. One should also avoid sugar, sugar-cane, jaggery and juices of sweet fruits. Fruits like oranges and lemon are good.

Herbs and Type-1 Diabetes

Herbal medicine taken under the supervision of an Ayurvedic practioner helps in maintaining good sugar levels for a Type-1 diabetic patient. These include Jambhul (Eugenia jambolana) powder from jamun core, Guggul, Amalaki, Triphala, Shilajit, Gurmar (gymnema sylvestre) and Bel (Aegle marmelos).

Some herbs like stevia and liquorice are also used as a sugar substitute. Most of the herbs control blood sugar levels and any fluctuations keeping it under balance.

Panchakarma is a good cleansing treatment program for Type-1 diabetic patients. This methodology consists of an herbal massage and an herbal steam sauna followed by fasting to cleanse the body.  A more further action may be necessitated depending upon the condition of the patient.

A herbal purge for the liver, pancreas and spleen and followed by a colon therapy which cleans the digestive tract and restructures the system are after-math treatments of Panchakarma.

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Natural Remedies for Type-1 Diabetes

The following 10 natural substances can also be helpful in reducing Type-1 diabetes and can be a good diet.

Arginine – A bitter tasting amino acid found in proteins and necessary for nutrition; its absence from the diet leads to a reduced production of spermatozoa


Avocado – A pear-shaped tropical fruit with green or blackish skin and rich yellowish pulp enclosing a single large seed.


Berberine – It is present in many plants, including the European barberry, goldenseal, goldthread, Oregon grape, phellodendron and tree turmeric.


Chard – Beet lacking swollen root; grown as a vegetable for its edible leaves and stalks.


Corn Silk – Each of the long filamentous styles that grow as a silky tuft at the tip of an ear of Indian corn.


Curcumin – It is extracted from the roots of “Curcuma Longa” plant and is used in Asian cuisine. It is a form of turmeric powder.


Genistein – It is one of several known isoflavones. They are found in several plants like soybeans and soy products like tofu.


Honey – A sweet yellow liquid produced by bees.

Nigella Sativa – It is an annual flowering plant native to south and south-west Asia. Black seed is also known as Nigella Sativa, black cumin, haba al-barakah and kalonji.


Stevia – It is a sugar substitute and a composite herb native to South America. It has no calories.


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There are good supplements for Type-1 Diabetes. The one thing you need to understand, once you are diagnosed with Type-1 is that your pancreas are no longer capable of producing insulin. Exercise is a key component of diabetes cure, whether its Type-I or II.

Finding out how different foods affect your blood glucose and planning solid meals which are rich in fiber and nutrients and less in calories and carbohydrates helps control Type-1 diabetes.

Fill half your plate with non-starchy vegetables which reduces the amount of glucose intake. Emotional support which is not part of regular diet also plays a major role in curing diabetes. Pay attention to what you eat outside.

Changing diet on a regular basis and not eating too much or too little can help control Type-1 diabetes. If you love this article, please share on your social circles and help grow health awareness among your friends.

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