Question: Is there a diet sheet for diabetics, and where can I find one?
Answer: Thank you so much for your question. Nutrition is a very important part of diabetes management, and the information available on food and diet can be overwhelming and often confusing. Although scientists and researchers often claim that people with diabetes should follow the same nutritional guidelines as "the general population" (or people without diabetes), we know that eating an unbalanced diet can negatively affect our blood sugars and overall health. There really isn't "a diabetic diet", that everyone with diabetes should follow. The most important thing that you can do to help control your diabetes is to live a healthy lifestyle (which would include eating a proper diet, exercising, managing stress and taking medications as prescribed by your doctor). Please remember to test your blood sugars regularly, especially if you modify your food intake.
Please check out "What can I eat" http://www.diabetes.org/food-and-fitness/food/what-can-i-eat/ on the American Diabetes Association web site. I would also strongly suggest you work with a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator who can help you further assess your nutritional needs. Together you can devise a meal plan with the correct amount of carbohydrate, protein, healthy fats and calories to meet your specific requirements. Other possible nutritional concerns such as reducing sodium consumption or increasing vitamin D intake should also be discussed when discussing your meal plan.
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All the best,
Susan Weiner, CDE DiabetesSisters