Eating with Diabetes: How to Better Control Blood Sugar & Weight Loss
Gone are the days of strict diets, forbidden foods, and trips down the sugar-free food aisle. According to American Diabetes Association nutrition recommendations: To eat well with diabetes simply means applying the basic principles of healthful eating.
“Thank goodness I don’t need to follow a rigid ‘diabetic diet,’ limit carbs, and eat every two hours,” says Cathy Rogers, who was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes three years ago. “I’m encouraged I can manage my eating without stressing out.”
The way people with diabetes should eat is in line with the way every American should eat. “The Dietary Guidelines for Americans dovetail perfectly with the American Diabetes Association’s nutrition guidelines,” says Angela Ginn, R.D., CDE, education coordinator at the University of Maryland Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology and spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association. Shed a few pounds if you need to. Get and keep your blood sugar, cholesterol, and blood pressure in the healthy target zones. As it turns out, your list of healthy eating dos and don’ts isn’t really all that long after all.
Start by putting these top five dos — the ones that give you the biggest bang for your effort — into action.