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Pre-diabetes Diet

Here is a question I recently received from FOODPICKER.org

I was recently diagnosed with Pre-Diabetes and was wondering how strict my diet really needs to be?  Does every meal and snack need to be completely sugar and carb free?

Answer:  Your diet does not need to be as strict as you may think –  You will want to encorporate sugar and carbs into your meals and snacks because carbohydrates are the main source of energy for your body.

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.

I would  recommend setting an appointment with a registered dietitian or certified diabetes educator to learn more about diabetes and the basics of a meal plan and carbohydrate counting.  For more information how to find an educator in your area, visit the American Association of Diabetes Educatorswebsite  or call the facility that diagnosed you to see if they provide education services.  In the mean time, you can also take a look at the American Diabetes Association website to learn more.

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