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The theme for this year's American Diabetes Month is "A Day In the Life of Diabetes." Chances are that either you or someone you know has diabetes.
The statistics in the U.S. are striking:
These numbers mean that many Americans spend time every day trying to manage their blood sugar levels, and worrying about whether they're doing a good job of it. Non-diabetic family and friends are also affected, as they watch loved ones struggle with medication, diet and exercise, not to mention diabetic complications, such as nerve damage and pain, and decline in vision, kidney and heart function.
Because diabetes affects so many people, I asked some of my dietitian colleagues who specialize in diabetes to recommend a few steps people can take to prevent diabetes — or to better control it. Here are their recommendations:
Choose one day this month and participate in "A Day in the Life of Diabetes." The foods you choose will make a difference for you and your loved ones. Together we can fight diabetes one day at a time.
Jennifer K. Nelson, R.D., L.D.
Katherine Zeratsky, R.D., L.D.
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I randomly check my blood sugar after having gestational diabetes with my last 2 pregnancies. Recently, I have been in the 30's. My doctor sent me for a 3 hour GTT. My results were: fasting=94, 1 hour=258, 2 hour=142, 3 hour=40. What do these numbers mean? I don't drink at all and I am not taking any medications that would affect my sugar levels. What is going on and is this normal?
I have just been diagnosed with pre-diabetes and placed on metformin. I do not have any idea of how many or how few carbs I should eat in day. I have read that around 1200 calories a day but need an example of what I should eat in a normal day.
There is a lot of information on Mayoclinic.com - search on Diabetes and/or Diabetes meal plan. You can also sign up to receive weekly mailings on Diabetes topics - including recipes. Try this: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/diabetes-diet/DA00027
my dad was diabetic. It wasn't pleasant seeing him go through pains. He died in August. One thing i learnt during the crises, EXERCISE is the key to controlling it, then medication and diet.
I have vowed to join the cause to help control if not fight diabetes.
God bless us all.
I don't think it's good to eliminate carbs entirely, but choose them wisely. I tend towards vegetables and berries with the occasional apple or avocado. I eat meat, but steer clear of grains. I took Actos for just a few months and have since been off meds for twenty years. Get a glucose monitor (glucometer) and learn how to use it. My doctor told me back then to keep my blood sugars tightly controlled and I'd never have nerve damage. My A1c went from 13 to 4.9.
I have been a type 2 diabetic for 19 years. I now have to take insulin for the last 4 years. I ordered the Mayo Clinic Diet Book and it has been a very useful tool. My AIC was much better the last 2 times.
Yes, I would like tos ee a diet plan also.
I was told by my doctor that I might need to be placed on medication for diabetes. I told him to give me 3 months to lose weight and go from there. I don't want to take anymore medications. Can anyone give me a diet plan to work, going to lose 20 lbs ,If possible
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