A diabetes portion control plate is an important tool in the management of diabetes – whose complications are among the leading causes of death and morbidity. While these plates are important in the management of type 2 diabetes, they also have a role in the management of the type 1 (that depends on insulin therapy). In addition to these; people in the pre-diabetes phase and the obese can all reap health benefits from using the precise portion plates.
Many people with type 2 diabetes are also obese. Therefore reducing weight by the use of a diabetic portion plate not only promotes better sugar control in the body , but also helps to keep it at bay for those at an increased risk due to obesity.
The benefit of using diabetic portion control plate
Smaller, healthy portions support good insulin metabolism and prevents insulin resistance – a significant factor in the development of type 2 diabetes.
How to plan your diabetic portion control plate
There are two ways.
- Use an ordinary plate
Draw 2 imaginary lines on your plate. One line divides the plate into two halves. The other divides one half into two to make 3 sections.
- Section 1 – half of the plate is filled with non-starchy vegetables such as cauliflower and carrots.
- Section 2 – a quarter of the plate should contain lean proteins like tuna and turkey
- Section 3 – the last portion to contain starchy foods such as whole grain products or tubers such as potatoes.
2. Use of a precise diabetic portion control plate
This removes the guesswork from the portions you eat. Many types are available including kids-friendly products. You can find more information about these here. For a variety of diabetes portion control plates and related products see these.