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I'm a borderline diabetic and my cholesterol levels are on the high side. any recommended diet guidelines?

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
Specializes in Endocrinology
Yes: Start learning about food with low glycemic index (scale indicating how high a food can raise your blood sugar level). Start eating more vegetable and fruits. Non-starchy vegetables are best: spinach, carrots, broccoli or green beans. Eat whole grain foods instead of processed food (whole wheat over white breads). Add fish to your meals 2-3 times per week. Dry beans & lentils are good protein...
Dr. Shabbir Hossain
Internal Medicine 16 years experience
Diet and exercise: Before we get to diet, improve your exercise tolerance, and you can help both. In terms of diet, since neither of your problems are terribly out of control, think about a balanced diet with emphasis on vegetables, fiber lean meats. Avoid saturated fats, and avoid concentrated sweets. If your diet is carb heavy (like rice, potatos, pasta, bread) start backing off of those. Good luck!
Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
See below: 1. Vegetarian 2. Low-fat poultry & fish only if eat meat. 3. Limit eggs 4. No or very limited dairy 5. Limit oils (must be normally liquid at room temp). 6. Small, frequent meals 7. Lots & lots of water. Also start meals with soup or soup-type dishes (water fills you up). 8. No preservatives, added sugar 9. Whole grains only (look in whole foods or similary type stores). *all well-published.

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