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Eating Well with Type 2 Diabetes

Nutrition Know-How


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I see a lot of articles on SparkPeople suggesting diet sodas and sugar substitutes. This is very bad advice, especially for diabetics! There are extensive studies that some of these can actually cause diabetes as the body does not know how to process these chemicals. Please do more research on these issues because as a dietitian as you could be hurting more than helping some people. Thank you! Report
Very Helpful. Thank You. Report
Please rework the diabetic suggested menus. Maybe insurance problems limit what SP can suggest. I am pre-diabetic and need a simple plan to follow. I have been a SP member since 2008. I have lost 40 lbs and I am a habitual snacker! If I can do it (with SP friend support) anyone can. I want to use the SP diabetic food plan but it has major problems. Very bland and boring. Carbs for the day are too high. Not enough protein. There is much info out there for delicious and healthy diabetic meals. Could SP improve this very important menu plan. Please? chris Report
on our diabetic Group we follow LCHF and diet soda is worse than regular if you have diabetes you shouldn't be drinking any kind of soda and limit your carbs i drink flavored water but it has aspertame or sacrolose in them which isn't healthy either but i can't drink plain water if anybody finds anything better let me know Report
While agreeing that carbohydrate restriction helps people with type 2 diabetes control their blood sugar, ADA spokesman Nathaniel G. Clark, MD, tells WebMD that the ADA does not recommend very low-carb diets because patients find them too restrictive.

"We want to promote a diet that people can live with long-term," says Clark, who is vice president of clinical affairs and youth strategies for the ADA. "People who go on very low carbohydrate diets generally aren't able to stick with them for long periods of time."

So there ya go. We'll recommend a diet that will kill you and put you out of your misery. Then you won't have to stick to a diet that will let you live a healthy life.

Sigh. Report
Club soda is high in sodium. Seltzer water is a better choice. Report
Here's some information about an alternative view. Please read this if you have just read this article, and you're under the impression that these recommendations are the only realistic way to deal with diabetes through diet. This article is from 2006, and even more is known now.

Research. Talk to your doctor. Research some more. There is a lot of information out there! Report
These kinds of recommendations made my grandpa go from type 2 meds dependant diabetic to insulin dependant diabetic then dead from complications diabetic.

These kinds of recommendations have made my dad a meds dependant diabetic switching to insulin dependant diabetic very soon.

These kinds of recommendations are far to high in carbohydrates for diabetics. Especially those that want to control the disease through diet alone. Because you can control this disease with diet, you just have to want to.

Please do your research people. Your quality and length of life depends on it! Report
Sad to see you're still recommending toxic artificial sweeteners, especially to diabetics. :( Report
I agree that each person has their own level of Carbs needed. I do agree with the comment made about the amount of carbs is too much. I tried using 45 carbs per meal. My blood sugars rose up to 220. I was, at that time under a diabetic nurses care. She was teaching me about eating as a diabetic. I had just been diagnosed. So for one week I followed the ADA plan. My blood sugars were horrible. Now, I go to a Nurse practitioner, who specializes in Diabetes. She has gotten my diet more to my body's requirements. But I believe in simple foods. A meat, a salad, and non-starchy vegetables. On occasion I allow myself a potato or rice. The potato is a small red potato, and only 1/2 cup of rice. It sounds strict, but those starches and extra carbs are just that, extra carbs, not really too necessary, except for my appetites. I used to love starchy food. I now realize that that food and too much of it set me up for diabetes and heart problems. I have lost a good 29 pounds. My A1c test was 6.1, which is fantastic for a diabetic. So watching carefully, the amount of carbs taken in helps. I found some sugar free whole wheat bread made by Nature's Own. Make sure it says sugar free. They make another whole wheat bread that looks like the sugar free one. Report
I think the ranges of carbs are too high. For a person with diabetes or pre diabetes these ranges are very dangerous. Besides, take in consideration that carbs trigger your hunger, so this information is not useful. Report
Thank you for that list, will be printing out and keeping in my purse so wherever I go it will be with me. Report
Thanks for the info. Report
Once you've chosen a diabetes program, the nutrition tracker won't let you change your carb goals, so it's pretty useless. I've considered switching to the regular program, but then it won't let you enter the glucose level. Report
Thank you for this Very helpful article. Report

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