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Newly Diagnosed with Diabetes - What to Eat?
Created on 6/19/2012

B has recently been diagnosed with diabetes and wonders what she can do to begin following a healthy diet even before she has her follow-up appointment. She eats many of her meals at work and wants to make healthful decisions.

First, B, you deserve a lot of credit for taking the initiative to make changes in your diet and lifestyle to optimize your health - way to go!

It is very likely that during the next visit with your doctor you will receive a referral to a nutritionist who specializes in diabetes. This person will help you create a dietary program that is easy to understand and follow, and that helps keep your blood sugar under control.

In the meantime, here are a few things to keep in mind when making food choices at work (all of which can be healthy for people without diabetes, too!):

- choose foods that rank low on the glycemic index and glycemic load - you can learn more about this by watching our yourwellness VIDEO on the topic at
http://www.harristeeter.com/other/videos/yourwellness-Video-Collection/Glycemic-Index-and-Glycemic-Load.aspx - in short, best to cut back on white foods such as white breads and foods made with white flour and sugar (aim instead for whole grain goodness)

- do exercise on a regular basis - even a daily brisk walk can help keep your blood sugar under control

- eat cold water fish (including Alaskan salmon and sardines) at least twice a week

- explore eating 5 small meals throughout the day rather than 2-3 large ones (may help keep your blood sugar levels steady)

- enjoy a variety of dark berries as your fruit of choice

- limit your intake of highly processed, manufactured foods that come in a box

Many people believe that a diagnosis of diabetes is the same as saying "you are not healthy" - that does not have to be true.

People with diabetes are at higher risk for certain ailments, that's true, but with attention to healthy diet and lifestyle practices in tandem with appropriate medical care, diabetes doesn't have to be synonymous with "unhealthy".

Follow your doctor's recommendations, meet with a nutritionist to fine tune your dietary program, get regular exercise and adequate sleep, and the odds are quite good that you can stay healthy for a long time to come.

May that be so.

Thanks for a good question, B, and kudos to you for taking more control over your health and wellness.

Be well.
Dr. Russ
** Information on this web site is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for the advice provided by your physician or other healthcare professional. You should not use the information on this web site for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease, or prescribing any medication or other treatment. **


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