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What are the specific foods you're supposed to eat for diabetes?

By July 24, 2009 - 10:15pm
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i will like to know what you could and cannot eat when you have diabetes....

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thanks a lot ginna i really appriciate you writing to me thanks to all of you...

August 9, 2009 - 10:51am

Hi misskrazyred21,
Your worries are natural.There are important new diabetes guidelines just released that instruct most Type 2 diabetics to take cholesterol-lowering medication.To know more about the new diabetic guidlines visit the following link. I hope it may be useful for you.

August 5, 2009 - 12:30am

hi again michelle.. yeah she is okay with evrything she says that they told her that it was type 2 not really sure ... but i will inform you she just found out a week ago so evrything is so new to her it does run in the family her mom her brother and her dad had it so she is esure about all of this... so i will be informing about it how she ios doing for sure... hugs missred

July 26, 2009 - 10:44am
Expert HERWriter

Hi there! I'm really sorry to hear about your Aunt. So many people are being diagnosed with diabetes it seems. Hopefully your Aunt is under the care of a really good endocrinologist. I have a good friend who sees a great endo right here in Phoenix and she said she has a nutritionist who shares her office with her. In many cases that I've heard of new diabetes patients visit with a nutritionist to really learn about meal choices. And from what I hear, it can then really vary from person to person...like some people can tolerate wheat and some can't, etc. Miscortes gave you outstanding information in the post above as well. I know that with the family support that your Aunt obviously has she will do great adapting to her diabetic diet. Please post again to let us know how she is doing. Big hugs, Michelle

July 25, 2009 - 11:00pm

aww thanks so much i really appriciated it its that i just recenlty found out that my aunt has diabetes and she is new at this and they said she had it already 3 months and she is trying to learn all types of things she can eat so thanks i'll let her know i will be going to the website you gave me thanks.missred

July 25, 2009 - 11:13am
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The National Diabetes Institute provides a lot of great information all about diabetes, foods to eat and how to check your insulin levels that can be found on this website http://diabetes.niddk.nih.gov/dm/pubs/eating_ez/.

Diabetes.org also provides the following information that might be helpful.
Eat lots of vegetables and fruits. Try picking from the rainbow of colors available to maximize variety. Eat non-starchy vegetables such as spinach, carrots, broccoli or green beans with meals.
Choose whole grain foods over processed grain products. Try brown rice with your stir fry or whole wheat spaghetti with your favorite pasta sauce.
Include dried beans (like kidney or pinto beans) and lentils into your meals.
Include fish in your meals 2-3 times a week.
Choose lean meats like cuts of beef and pork that end in "loin" such as pork loin and sirloin. Remove the skin from chicken and turkey.
Choose non-fat dairy such as skim milk, non-fat yogurt and non-fat cheese.
Choose water and calorie-free "diet" drinks instead of regular soda, fruit punch, sweet tea and other sugar-sweetened drinks.
Choose liquid oils for cooking instead of solid fats that can be high in saturated and trans fats. Remember that fats are high in calories. If you're trying to lose weight, watch your portion sizes of added fats.
Cut back on high calorie snack foods and desserts like chips, cookies, cakes, and full-fat ice cream.
Eating too much of even healthful foods can lead to weight gain. Watch your portion sizes.

Staying away from fats is essential when you have diabetes. Low sodium is also important.

Here is a website that provides a list of foods NOT TO EAT when you are diagnosed with diabetes http://hubpages.com/hub/List-of-Foods-Not-to-Eat-With-Diabetes.

I hope this helps.

July 25, 2009 - 8:40am
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