In Response to Diabetes and heart health:
Recently mt wife, age 36 and type 2 diabetic, had 3 stents put in her heart because of 85% blockages on her Aorta and right ventricle. Along with her discharge papers were foods that help with her heart. I started noticing that what is good for the heart is bad for diabetres. Example it said breads are good for heart but I also know the carbs are not good for diabetics. I guess my question is should I focus on the Diabetes and then the heart will follow, since the diabetes can be the main cause of the heart?
Posted by habakkukjc
A heart healthy diet and a diet for diabetes can complement each other quite well.
A heart healthy diet should include:
High-fiber foods such as oats, oatmeal, bran, beans & other legumes, whole-wheat pasta, brown rice, fruits and vegetables.
Nuts and seeds are also great sources of protein, fiber and contain heart-healthy unsaturated fats. Remember to watch your portion of nuts and seeds, calories can add up very quickly! Walnuts, almonds and pecans are the healthiest nuts.
Limit saturated fat, trans fat and sodium. Saturated fat is a solid fat that is found naturally in butter, cheese, dairy products and meat. Choose low-fat dairy options and lean protein sources such as chicken, turkey, fish and leaner cuts of pork and beef. Trans fat is found in stick margarines and store-bought baked goods.
When cooking, choose liquid oils (olive, canola, vegetable etc.) over solid fats (butter, margarine, shortening etc.).
With diabetes, it's important to remember that carbohydrates are still needed in the diet. However, carbohydrates need to be eaten in an appropriate amount at each meal and snack, and should be eaten consistently throughout the day to keep blood sugars steady.
For your wife, she should aim for about 45 - 60 grams of carbohydrate per meal (if eating 3 meals per day), and 15-30 grams of carbohydrate per snack. Think of this as a carbohydrate budget.
Therefore, choose carbohydrates that are heart healthy and keep the portion size appropriate so that it fits into the carbohydrate budget. Keep in mind that there are more diabetes-friendly foods than others. For example, Cheerios cereal has 20 grams of total carbohydrate per cup, and Grape Nuts cereal has 96 grams of total carbohydrate per cup.
For more individualized nutrition advice, I recommend visiting with your local Hy-Vee dietitian. They will be able to help you design an eating plan that best works for you.