Mouth and Body

“Living well” is

For better health, it is important to incorporate well-balanced meals and  adequate exercise into your lifestyle. However, changing lifestyle might be quite difficult. Hence, we would like to support you in “living well” with your habit.

“SDP ~ Sunstar Diabetes Project” is

As a founder of Sunstar, Kunio Kaneda had suffered from diabetes. We have been researching relationship between diabetes and periodontal disease, diabetes and nutrition for many years and have gained insight.

What we arrived at was the idea of “Living well” even with diabetes. In order to support a life that is not dominated by disease, we will set up “Living well with SDP ~ Sunstar Diabetes Project” and will provide know-how to achieve reasonable, enjoyable and affluent living.

How to live well with diabetes


Gain accurate knowledge of diabetes

Take satisfying
meals

Exercise comfortably and with fun

There are people who support

There are people who please along

Have a life like yourself

More fun to “eat”

Tips to increase your satisfaction even during meal restrictions

Step 1: Maintaining oral health to enjoy eating

Correct oral care is the key in maintaining the oral health that helps you
-keep your teeth strong so that you can chew your food firmly
-increase the sensitivity of the taste

Learn more on Take care of yourself!

Step 2: Making your meals “Satisfying” and “Healthy” at the same time

“Dietary Fiber” is the key to
-improve quality of meals while keeping diet healthy
-prevent rapid increase of blood glucose level

Learn more on Eat wisely!

Step 3: Maintaining a diet that is not stressful

A diet with smart snacking is the key to
-avoid “accumulating” stress
-enjoy snacks with friends and family

Learn more on Do not suppress your craving!

More fun to “eat”! Tips to increase your satisfaction even during meal restriction

Step 1: Maintaining oral health to enjoy eating

Sunstar’s thinking “meal” not only focuses on what to eat, but also focuses on the state of the mouth that tastes what you are eating.

When we eat something, the taste comes from physical factors such as food texture, temperature, appearance, and the sound of chewing and biting. In order to feel delicate taste such as umami and taste inherent in foodstuff, it is important to keep your teeth healthy and your mouth clean. By arranging the teeth and mouth, the satisfaction of the meal will increase, and you will be able to think that refreshing thin food is naturally delicious. To maintain your mouth is the first step to enjoy your meal and it is the first step for your health.

“Teeth” play an important role for us to enjoy eating!

They not only chew food down but also function as a sensor to experience “deliciousness”.

It is important to practise appropriate oral care to protect your teeth.

This is especially true for the people with diabetes to act quickly to protect their teeth and prevent periodontal disease.

More fun to “eat”! Tips to increase your satisfaction even during meal restriction

Step 2: Making your meals “Satisfying” and “Healthy” at the same time.

Those who are concerned about blood glucose etc. are important to pay attention to the amount of diet and nutritional balance, but everyone has the feeling of eating anything you like.

To control such feelings well and increase satisfaction with a healthy diet, we suggest you include dietary fiber. “Dietary fiber” is the key in improving the quality of meals and eating healthy while feeling satisfied. Meals high in dietary fiber can achieve both “satisfaction” and “healthiness” while eating well without lowering calorie intake. To consume a lot of dietary fiber, it is good to include vegetables and unrefined cereals (brown rice, wheat, etc.) into your diet.

Effects of dietary fiber

Chewing stimulates the dental membrane and cheek muscles. The stimulation is then transmitted to the hypothalamus of the brain via neurons to promote the secretion of neuronal histamine which makes us feel full and prevents us from overeating. In addition, it moves along the stomach and intestine slowly, making it feel full for a long time and prevent overeating.

 

The dietary fiber staying in the intestines makes the absorption of sugar gentle, so it has the effect of suppressing the rise in blood sugar level after meals.

 

Although dietary fiber is a food ingredient which is not digested, it is used for bacteria in the intestine. It not only normalizes the function of the bowel but also produces substances useful for the body.

More fun to “eat”! Tips to increase your satisfaction even during meal restriction

Step 3: Maintaining the diet that is not stressful

TIt may be better to avoid snacking, but it is also important to maintain a healthy diet you can follow for a long time. Recently, even with low sugar content and low limpidity, sweets that can be deliciously enjoyed have increased. Instead of fresh cream, butter, and flour, many products and recipes that used tofu, yoghurt, rice bran and others were introduced.

When eating sweet things, it is good to eat as part of a meal at the end of meal without eating or slurping, or to devise a way to grasp the amount by preliminarily eating on your plate. You can control while enjoying eating between meals without stress, by eating “a whole small piece” rather than “a half of large.”

Voices of those practicing “Live well with snacks”