Control Your Sugar, Control Your Life

Approximately 29 million people in the United States have diabetes. With nearly 10% of the population affected, chances are you know someone with this condition. Fortunately, today, many who suffer from diabetes can live long, healthy and active lives while controlling their symptoms – and medical nutrition therapy (MNT) plays a critical role.

glass-617387_1280(1)Medical nutrition therapy aids in managing existing diabetes and preventing, or slowing down, diabetes complications – and that begins with a proper diet. A good diet can help someone with diabetes achieve and maintain blood glucose levels in the normal range, as well as achieve a lipid and lipoprotein profile that reduces the risk for vascular disease, and keep blood pressure levels in the normal range.

A diet that is rich in whole grains, fresh fruits and veggies, and lean protein is the best way to achieve these goals. Here are some tips on how to optimize your eating to take control of your diabetes.

Follow the specific nutritional guidelines you are given by your dietician or physician
Keep a food diary
Stick to portion control guidelines
Eat at regular times
Space out different types of foods throughout the day.

Each diabetes patient has different needs, so it’s best to consult your physician. They can first properly diagnose your medical condition with diabetes assays and then introduce a dietician for proper dietary guidelines.

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