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Shereen Jegtvig, MS

How Should Diabetics Eat?

By July 22, 2013

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I've had a few readers ask me what types of dietary changes are required for the treatment of diabetes. I know it's a bit confusing, but I think I can help with this. First, my biggest and best piece of advice is to speak with a dietitian or nutritionist who specializes in setting up a diabetic diet. Look for someone who can give you a general nutritional overview, explain how many calories you need each day, then give you a target for your carbohydrate consumption. He or she can also give you some meal ideas and menu plans, and maybe even help you brush up on your shopping and cooking skills.

Actually, there's not much of a difference between a healthful diet and a diabetic diet, other than you need to be extra carful to keep your carbohydrate intake consistent. Notice that I said 'healthful' diet, not the typical diet eaten by the average American. Whether you're diabetic or not you should increase your intake of green and colorful vegetables, choose whole grains instead of products made with refined flours. Watch your fat intake, choose lean sources of protein, get calcium from non-fat or low-fat dairy products or from non-dairy sources, and reduce your caloric intake if you need to lose weight. Cut back on your alcohol intake and stay away from junk foods and stuff that's heavily processed.

Maybe you've got some more specific questions, and I'll do my best to answer them. Leave your question in the comment field below, or on Twitter or Facebook. Here's a few I've got so far:

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