Know the facts about diabetes

Do I have to ditch the carbs?

Fact: Carbohydrates are one of the main energy sources for the body. You should strive to eat three meals a day and have some carbohydrates at each meal, keeping sensible portion sizes in mind. Eliminating carbohydrates entirely will likely cause you to feel drained of energy. And the drastic change can lead to feelings of deprivation.

Does needing insulin injections mean I failed?

Fact: Patients with Type 2 diabetes often manage their condition with diet, exercise, and medication. Sometimes, they reach the point where they need insulin injections. And when that happens, patients often feel a sense of failure. Keep in mind, diabetes is a progressive disease. Even if a patient “does everything right,” the pancreas may wear down and become unable to produce enough of the insulin hormone the body needs. Insulin should be viewed as one more tool in a patient’s toolbox—one that can help them live a healthy life.

Is it necessary to follow a diabetic diet?

Fact: Often, newly diagnosed patients believe they must bid farewell to their favorite foods. No more birthday cake. No chips. No sweets. There is no diabetic diet. By learning to count carbohydrates to control blood sugar it’s possible to make all foods fit. Rather than an all-or-nothing approach to change, seek to find the middle ground and set small, achievable goals that work with your current eating patterns. Managing diabetes is not all about diet. Lifestyle changes come into play. Regular exercise, good sleep patterns, and stress management all help manage blood sugar levels.

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