At Edmond Norman Foot & Ankle, we encourage our patients to eat a balanced diet because maintaining a healthy weight has a very positive impact on foot health. For patients with diabetes, good nutrition is even more important because in addition to weight, food impacts blood sugar levels which is a key component in controlling diabetes, a disease that can have debilitating effects on your feet (as well as the rest of your body). Here are some tips on what to eat:
- Plan your plate: make half your plate fruits and vegetables and you’ll add a good amount of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber. Be sure to choose some non-starchy vegetables such as asparagus, carrots, leafy greens and broccoli. Whole fruits are better than juices and can also help fulfill your craving for sweets. The other half of your plate can be for carbs and fat, which should make up a lesser portion of your diet.
- Choose good carbs: pick whole grain foods for at least half of your daily carbohydrate intake. These include whole wheat bread, buckwheat, oatmeal, brown rice and whole grain cereals.
- Go lean: opt for lean cuts of meat, poultry and fish and don’t add fat when you cook. Look for low fat or fat-free dairy products too and other reduced fat options where possible.
- Don’t skip: keeping blood sugar at optimum levels means not skipping meals and having big gaps in between the times you eat. Three meals a day or two meals and two snacks are better options.
- Reduce salt: try different herbs, peppers and seasonings in place of salt which can elevate blood pressure.
In addition to watching your diet, diabetic patients can help keep blood sugar levels where they should be by exercising and taking medication as prescribed by their physicians. It’s important to partner with your podiatrist as part of your diabetic healthcare plan. If you have diabetes, be sure to make an appointment with our board certified foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. A. Bil Buksh to discuss an appropriate care plan and exam schedule. Contact our Edmond or Norman office by calling: 405-285-7408.