Pre-Diabetes

March 17, 2010

Bob R. Asks: “I have pre-diabetes and I am trying to lose weight. How many servings of fruits and vegetables should I have each day?”

This is a great question. First of all weight loss can prevent the development of full blown diabetes, so I am very glad you are trying to lose weight. Fruits and vegetables not only contain vital nutrients we need for our bodies, but many are also full of fiber and help us feel fuller longer. The recommendation for fruits and vegetables is about 5 a day. Remember to control portions of fruits and starchy vegetables (like potatoes, corn, and beans). Fresh fruit should be about a one cup portion (1/2 cup for canned) and starchy vegetables should be about a 1/2 cup portion. For more detailed information on portion sizes visit www.foodpicker.org. If you are trying to lose weight remember to get 30-60 minutes of moderate intensity exercise most days of the week.

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Carbohydrate Counting

March 10, 2010

Question: I was diagnosed with type 2 Diabetes last month. I’m having difficulty understanding how many carbs and sugar I can have each day. I’m fining that nearly everything contains carns and suga! Can you help me with this?

This is a very common problem with newly diagnoted diabetics. Counting carbohydrates and sugars can be overwhelming and confusing. Generally diabetes need 45-60 g of carbohydrate at each meal. This number can be higher or lower depending on age, height, weight, and activity level. But most people fall within this range. Carbohydrate foods are starches, fruits, milk, and sweets. Your starches include foods like bread, cereals, crackers, pasta, rice, potatoes, corn, and beans. Many of the processed crackers, chips, and cookies will also contain carbohydrate. It is important to remember that you only need to count total carbohydrate, NOT sugar. The amount of sugar in a product is included in the Total Carbohydrate you see on the food label. Use food labels to count out the correct amount of carbohydrate in each meal. If you do not have a food label, the following are typical portion sizes for carbohydrate foods equaling 15g of carbs: 1/2 cup of starches (cereals, potatoes, corn, beans), 1 slice of bread, 1 small dinner roll, 1/2 hamburger/hotdog bun, 1/3 cup rice or pasta, 1/2 cup canned fruit, 1 cup fresh fruit, whole fruit about the size of a baseball, and 8 oz of milk or yogurt. Couting carbohydrates and controlling diabetes is a lifestyle change. Please ask your primiary care physician to refer you to a Diabetes clinic or Registered Dietitian in your area for a personalized plan and comprehensive teaching on the condition, treatments, and diet.

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February 16, 2010

Hi all! My name is Tori Roberts and I am a nutrition editor for the website http://foodpicker.org.  The website offers nutrition information and recommendations for a variety of foods. If you have diabetes or just curious about nutrition I would highly recommended checking out the site. I am a dietetic intern in the Atlanta area, on my way to becoming a Registered Dietitian (3 months!). Please post any nutrition related questions or comments and I will respond to the best of my abilities and help you find useful resources.