Nutrition & Diabetes

Archive for April 2011

This week’s question is:  I was recently diagnosed with Pre-Diabetes and was wondering how strict my diet really needs to be?  Does every meal and snack need to be completely sugar and carb free?

If you have pre-diabetes, every meal and snack does not have to be completely sugar and carb free.  According to the American Dietetic Association and American Diabetes Association, people with pre-diabetes and diabetes do not need to eat special foods.  You can eat any kind of food you like and yes, you can still have sugar.  What matters is the amount of carbohydrate/sugar rich foods you are consuming.

Portion control is the key and trying not to make your meals so carbohydrate heavy.  It is the carbohydrate rich foods, meals, and snacks that make your blood sugar levels rise.  That is why having a balance of carbohydrate, protein, and fat on your plate is helpful.

Some tips for preventing diabetes:

  • Moderate weight loss
  • Regular physical activity (about 150 min/week)
  • Reduce calories – portion control or foods that aren’t too high in calories
  • Reduce dietary fat –  foods that are lower in fat and saturated fats
  • Fiber rich foods – increase consumption of whole grain foods (aim for 8+ grams of fiber)

April 2011
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Iris M. Pacheco, MS, RD, LD/N

This was a blog I wrote during 2010-2011 while I was a dietetics and nutrition student.

Through this blog I volunteered to answer questions from people with diabetes that were submitted to is a website that helps people with diabetes make better food choices. It holds of large databases of food items and gives recommendations on which foods to have "More Often," "In Moderation," or "Less Often."

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