Posts Tagged ‘diet’

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 been diagnosed with pre-diabetes and a friend told me I should eat low carb and no sugar.  What is considered to be low carb and low sugar in specific numbers?

Answer:  A diagnosis of pre-diabetes means that your blood sugars are elevated, but not high enough to diagnosis diabetes.  Weight loss, regular physical activity and a healthy meal plan will help reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes diagnosis/development in the future.

Following a healthy meal plan means eating a well balanced diet with some carbohydrates at all meals.  It does not mean avoiding sugar and eating a low carb diet.  Carbohydrates are needed in your diet to fuel both your brain and body.  Eliminating them from the diet can have detrimental effects.  Although carbs are essential to ones diet, it is important to watch portion size and types of carbs.  Choose carbohydrates that are energy dense and full of nutrients such as fruits, low-fat dairy products and whole grains rather than cakes, cookies and snack crackers.

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Here is a question I recently received from FOODPICKER.org

My 45 year-old husband was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes a few months ago.  Is it true that you can reverse diabetes?

Answer:   Type 2 diabetes occurs when insulin produced in the pancreas (an organ behind the stomach) is either not recognized by our cells or not enough is present to move glucose (sugar) out of the bloodstream.  When glucose builds up in the bloodstream, the bodies cells are unable to function properly.

Although type 2 diabetes can not be ‘reversed’, some people are able to control it by  engaging in regular physical activity, following a general healthful diet and a loss of 5-10% of their body weight (if overweight/obese).  This does not work for everyone and therefore it is important to follow your doctors recommendations.  Make sure to test your blood sugars as often as recommend, take any prescribed medications, and follow-up with your physician/health care provider on a regular basis.

testing blood sugar as recommended

  • following a healthy meal plan to control blood sugar
  • exercising on a regular basis
  • taking medications as prescribed
  • maintaining a healthy body weight
  • visiting healthcare providers as suggested

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