DIABETES – SEPARATING FACTS FROM FICTION
Is a low-carb diet the best diet for people with type 2 diabetes?
There is no best diet for diabetes. They all have strengths and weaknesses. The plate model with ¼ lean protein, ¼ healthy starches (like sweet potatoes or brown rice) and ½ vegetables is best. Ask your doctor or dietitian to help you make a food plan that’s right for you.
If I have type 2 diabetes, will I always have to take medicine?
Many people can keep good blood sugar levels without medicine. The key is to lose any extra weight, exercise regularly, watch your meal portions, and spread the carbohydrates you eat throughout the day. If you’re already taking diabetes medication, you may be able to work with your doctor to cut back or even stop taking it if you lose weight or become more active.
If I am overweight, how much weight do I need to lose to help my diabetes?
Losing even a few pounds can improve your blood glucose control. For example, if you weigh 180 pounds, losing 9 to 18 pounds can lower your blood sugar. Talk to your doctor or dietician about a weight loss plan that will work for you based on your weight.
Is taking a 30 minute walk 3 times a week enough exercise if you’re diabetic?
You should get 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise a week. That’s 30 minutes of aerobics at least 5 days a week. Walking counts, as long as you’re working hard enough that you can’t sing.
What should my target A1C should be?
For most people with diabetes, 7% or less is a good goal, especially during the first few years after diagnosis. A higher A1c means complications are more likely.
If my diabetes is progressing, am I’m doing something wrong?
The fact is, diabetes can change over time. So, don’t be discouraged if your healthcare provider suggests a change to your routine or your medication. It may not be something you did wrong. It’s just another step in how you need to control your diabetes.