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FOODPICKER: Diabetes Q&A
Diabetes Q&A (Questions & Answers) allows people with diabetes to ask health professionals questions free of charge.

E-mail your diabetes related questions to:  diabetes@foodpicker.org

Q. The doctor told me that my blood tests show that if I do not change my ways I will be diabetic no later than next year, 2 years at the very most.  I guess the only good news is my cholesterol is low and my LDL and HDL are in the right limits.

I gave up smoking and just started throwing food in mouth instead.  But it has been the last few years that I have been fighting depression and weight gain, so I've really got myself into a mess now.  So, if you think your plan can help, it's not if I don't know that what I eat is not good for me.  A lot of it is I am tired after working all day at the computer and the stress of my job sometimes is overwhelming.

What do you suggest?

A. It certainly sounds like you are motivated!

Pre-diabetes is unique in that weight loss, following a healthy diet to support weight loss, and regular physical exercise can help to delay onset of type 2 diabetes (National Diabetes Prevention Program).

Specifically, the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) has recently found that those with pre-diabetes can make simple lifestyle changes to reduce risk for diabetes later in life.  The DPP found that subjects with pre-diabetes experienced a 58% reduction of risk for type 2 diabetes when they:
  • lost a modest amount of weight (5-7% of their body weight),
  • exercised at moderate intensity for an average of 30 minutes a day, five days per week (most chose to walk for exercise), and
  • lowered their intake of fat and calories.
Those following the lifestyle changes were able to reduce their risk even more so than those taking medications to lower blood sugar.  These preventative measures can "turn back the clock" and return elevated blood sugar to normal levels.

Christine Carlson, MS, RD, BC-ADM, CDE
FOODPICKER® Nutrition Director


Previous E-mails to Christine (FOODPICKER® Nutrition Director)

A1c:  What should my A1c level be?

Acai Berry:  Is all the hype over acai berry for real, is it worth the high cost?

Alcohol:  Can I have wine with dinner?

Apple:  How many sugars are in an apple?

Carbohydrate:  Carbohydrate or calories?

Chromium:  Should I be taking Chromium?

Diabetes:  Can you reverse diabetes?

Diabetes:  Can you reverse pre-diabetes?

Dining Out:  We eat out a lot.  Could you give us some suggestions for Japanese and Chinese?

Dreamfields Pasta:  How does Dreamfields pasta count carbohydrates?

Fiber:  Which items are the best for fiber?

Flax:  Should I add ground flax seed to my meal plan?

Food Exchanges:  Can you explain food exchanges?

Frozen Shoulder:  Do my symptoms sound like frozen shoulder?

Fruit:  What is the difference between canned and fresh fruits?

Fruit Juice:  What can I drink instead of water?

Fruit Sugar:  Which fruits would be a better choice for me to eat?

Glucose Test:  My glucose tolerance test was at 105 - how high/low is that compared to acceptable levels?

Gluten:  Should I be eating gluten free products?

HFCS:  What's all the hype with High Fructose Corn Syrup?

High Blood Pressure:  What should I order when eating out to limit sodium?

High Blood Sugar:  My blood sugar levels have been running between 475 to 575.

High Cholesterol:  In addition to having diabetes I have high cholesterol.  What can I order?

Hunger:  What do you advise when I find myself, always, hungry and most of the time ravenous?

Margerine or Butter:  Why unhealthy margarine instead of butter?

Nuts:  What kind of nuts should I buy?

Olean:  Where I can buy Olean and what brands of food have it?

Pre-Diabetes:  What are Pre-Diabetes lifestyle changes?

Pre-Diabetes:  Newly diagnosed w/ Pre-Diabetes... where do I start?

Pre-Diabetes:  Do people with Pre-Diabetes have the same symptoms as those with Type 1 and Type 2?

Snacking:  How do I avoid overeating when I'm bored?

Stevia:  Are Stevia sweeteners safe for someone who has diabetes?

Sugar Alcohol:  What is the difference between sugar and sugar alcohols?

Tomatoes:  Will tomatoes cause an increase in blood sugar levels?

Type 2:  What should I do if I've just been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes?

Weight Loss:  How do I lose weight?

FOODPICKER® is a program designed to help people with diabetes make better food choices.  Our hope is that people consider the foods they consume and how they can burn them off with exercise for good health.  We embrace the guidelines put forth by the American Diabetes Association as well as the American Dietetic & American Heart Associations.  This website is completely free and brought to you by volunteers in the health care field.


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