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Archive for July, 2010

Here is question I recently received from FOODPICKER.org

I have diabetes and a coworker was telling me I should be taking supplements such as cinnamon and chromium to help control blood sugar.  Are these safe and effective?

Answer:    Today, more and more people think they need supplements to cure an illness, disease or ailment.  According to the American Diabetes Association, people with diabetes are more likely to use supplements than people without diabetes. If you find yourself in this category, make sure to talk to your doctor and pharmacist about about their safety and effectiveness as it may vary on a case to case basis.  Make sure you are well informed about their indications, possible side effects, and potential interactions with other medications before you start taking them.

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Traveling & Diabetes

Here is a question I recently received from FOODPICKER.org

I have type 2 diabetes and travel quite a bit.  My eating & exercise are unpredictable at best when I travel and I’m having a difficult time managing my diabetes.  What do you suggest?

When traveling, it is important to plan ahead.  Below are some suggestions:

  • Prior to traveling, research the area you will be traveling to.  Know what type of restaurants are available, if there are walking paths/parks for some exercise, etc.
  • Many hotel rooms are now equipped with a small refrigerator.  If you find that you will have access to one, plan ahead and bring some familiar foods that you include in your diet to manage diabetes such as low-fat dairy products and fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Incorporating exercise while traveling is do-able. Many hotels often offer access to some type of exercise room. Other suggestions would include going for a walk, walking to destinations instead of driving, and parking further away from a destination.
  • If you find yourself eating out, ask the waiter/waitress how foods are prepared.  Choose foods that are baked or grilled rather than fried.  In addition, ask for a to-go box prior to eating and portion out what you will eat then and what you will take to go.  This way, you can help avoid over eating.
  • Talk to your physician and make sure to have all the supplies needed. Depending on your treatment regimen, this could include insulin, oral medications, a glucometer and/or testing strips

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Here is a question I recently received from FOODPICKER.org

I just been diagnosed with diabetes.  Doctors say I have uncontrollable diabetes any tips on how I can get my sugar level down?

Answer:  There are many different methods that can be used to manage your blood sugars.  Speak with your doctor to figure out what will work best for you.  Treatment for diabetes may include:

  • Consuming a balanced diet containing fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, low-fat dairy products and fish
  • Engaging in 30-60 minutes of physical activity most days of the week
  • Monitoring your blood sugars as recommended
  • Taking insulin or oral medications as prescribed by your physician
  • Modest weight loss of 5-10%
  • Meeting with a Registered Dietitian (RD) or Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) to develop a plan that works best for you

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Here is a question I recently received from FOODPICKER.org

I have type 2 diabetes and am confused about carbohydrates.  Are all starches out completely?

Answer: Carbohydrates are an important part of your diet.  You body uses them for energy, to fuel your brain and spare protein from being broken down.  In other words, carbohydrates are an essential part of the diet and should not be eliminated from the diet.  With that being said, it is important to watch the type of carbohydrates you eat and the serving size.

When choosing carbohydrates, choose complex carbohydrates such as fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grain breads, cereals, and pastas. These foods contain B vitamins and fiber that are not typically found in simple carbohydrates like cakes, cookies and crackers.

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