The word “diet” brings to mind following a regimen in order to lose weight. Although this is the main reason for people to diet, there are also numerous medical conditions which require a person to follow a specific diet plan.
Different medical conditions require diet makeovers, which include different elements for each condition. Let’s consider diets for high blood pressure, diabetes, Meniere’s Disease and Multiple Sclerosis.
High Blood Pressure
According to WebMD, a person with high blood pressure should include more fruits and vegetable, low fat dairy, whole grains, fish, poultry and nuts in their diet. Choose foods rich in magnesium, potassium and calcium. Magnesium rich foods include cocoa, bran, almonds, cashews and pumpkin seeds. Foods with a lot of potassium are mushrooms, bananas, avocados, green leafy vegetables, and baked potato with skin. For calcium include more dairy products, leafy green vegetables, bran, and enriched breads. Salt should always be used sparingly.
A healthy diet for diabetics should include vegetables, beans, whole grains, fruit, fish, nuts, seeds, avocado, and olives. When cooking for diabetics use extra virgin oil or canola oil. WebMd indicates high blood pressure can exacerbate diabetes and therefore recommends many of the same foods because keeping blood pressure under control will also help to control diabetes.
For a person with Meniere’s Disease (a condition with excess fluid in the inner ear causing severe vertigo and vomiting) it is more of what to avoid rather than what to include. The major food factor which can trigger an episode of Meniere’s is sodium/salt. I have Meniere’s and according to my doctor I should keep my sodium intake at 1,000 mg or less. Other food triggers are excessive amounts of sugar, caffeine and alcohol. A person with Meniere’s should read labels carefully read labels. Avoid/limit the intake of sodium, sugar, caffeine and alcohol.
A patient with Multiple Sclerosis should have a diet consisting of low saturated fat and cholesterol unless their doctor has told them otherwise. As with Meniere’s a person with Multiple Sclerosis should (and can) eat a relatively normal diet if they limit the amounts of sugar, salt, alcoholic beverages and caffeine. WebMd suggests a normal diet otherwise in addition as much movement/exercise as tolerable.
Health issues usually come about as a person ages. Sometimes younger people have health issues, but it is usually those of us who are older who begin to notice differences in our health. Perhaps it is because we are often not as physically active as we once were. All diets (whether you have health issues or not) include a well-balanced diet to include foods from all areas of the food pyramid. Our bodies are a machine and unless you put the right things in the machine, parts of the machine will cease to work properly. In order for the elements of one food to do its job, other foods have to be included because they all work together to achieve overall health. Along with a good diet exercise is a must. The old saying “Use it or lose it” could not be truer.
If you will notice many of the same type of foods are included for a healthy diet for the conditions listed above. It only makes sense to train yourself to eat healthy BEFORE you become ill. Perhaps if you incorporate a healthy eating pattern early on you will avoid health issues later in life. For more information visit WebMd on the internet.