Managing Diabetes With Your Diet

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Almost one in ten Americans has a form of diabetes.

Whether it’s type 1 or type 2 diabetes, there’s one thing all these people can do to help manage the disease: eat a healthy diet.

“Dietary approaches are really just as important as medical approaches to the treatment of diabetes,” said Dr. Laurence Sperling of Emory University.

There are some super foods for those who have diabetes.

The American Diabetes Association recently compiled a list, and it includes beans, dark green leafy vegetables, citrus fruit, tomatoes, fish high in omega three fatty acids, whole grains, nuts and fat free milk and yogurt.

On the flip side, there are some red flagged foods that you’ll want to steer clear of if you have diabetes.

“Carbs that are processed. So, white bread, white rice, white potatoes, sugared beverages and really because people with diabetes are at increased risk of blood vessel disease to be very cautious and careful about saturated fats and trans fats,” said Dr. Sperling.

So if you’re diabetic and think you might need some nutritional help, what’s the next step?

“I do think seeing a nutritionist is a good idea for somebody with diabetes, but importantly if you are on medications along with your diet working with your doctor and your team of health professionals is a good team approach,” said Dr. Sperling.
 

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