Receiving a diagnosis of diabetes can be devastating, but it does not have to be a burden to live with. It is still possible to live a happy, vibrant life with diabetes. It just requires paying a little extra attention to your body and its needs.
One of the first things people believe will go out straight out the window with a diabetes diagnosis is sweets. Diabetes involves the body’s inability to either properly produce insulin (type 1 diabetes) or properly use insulin (type 2 diabetes). Insulin is an important hormone that allows the body’s cells to absorb glucose, which the human body needs in order to produce energy.
Regular monitoring is necessary to ensure that a person’s diabetes is kept under control. If left unchecked, diabetes can lead to serious complications including kidney failure, heart disease, and even blindness. That last tragic complication is one that is often forgotten and the reason why diabetic eye care is extremely important.
Keeping your blood sugar under control can be a chore, but there is no reason why it cannot be tasty. Doctors recommend those with diabetes include a high proportion of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains in their diet. But for those special occasions, here are a few low sugar desserts that can help you satisfy your sweet tooth safely.
Peanut Butter Swirl Chocolate Brownies
One of the first things you have to severely cut down on (if not entirely eliminate from your diet) with diabetes is junk food, particularly sweets. This may have been especially hard if you have a particular fondness for Reese’s Cups. Here’s your solution. This peanut butter swirl chocolate brownies recipe from Diabetic Living Online provides a safe and healthy recipe for this delectable treat that is only 150 calories per serving!
Enjoy the Delectable Richness of Brownies Guilt-Free
Brownies are known for their richness, and (with most things deliciously rich) how fatty they can be. For everyone, they are a treat that should be saved for the most special of occasions. But even indulging in something as chocolatey and sugary as a brownie on rare occasions is something someone living with diabetes may want to avoid. In that case, they can bake these low-fat brownies from All Recipes for the next time they choose to treat themselves.
A Sweet Twist on a Grab-and-Go Favourite
Everyone loves pizza, so much so that even those who don’t like pizza make alterations so that they can enjoy pizza too. You’ve got thin crust pizzas, whole wheat pizzas, gluten free pizzas, sauceless pizzas, and even cheeseless pizzas. There’s even a rather sweet twist on the popular pie as well: fruit pizza.
Yup, you read that correctly. This Watermelon Fruit Pizza recipe from Eating Well substitutes a doughy crust for watermelon and fatty cheeses for yummy yogurt and tops the whole thing off with a colorful array of berries. Sounds like a delectable (and healthy!) spin on a classic dish.
Living with diabetes is possible and avoiding complications involves staying on top of your diet, lifestyle, and diabetic eye care. Consuming wholesome foods, keeping your sugar intake to a minimum, and getting regular exercise are all important lifestyle changes to make. It is also important to stay on top of your diabetic eye care by booking regular appointments with your eye doctor to prevent any severe complications.
Stop by one of our Davidorf Eye Group locations in West Hills or Los Angeles. One of our Davidorf specialists will be happy to ensure your diabetic eye care needs are being readily and expertly met.