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please share some do's and don'ts when it comes to diabetic diets.

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Dr. Michael Rothman
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Don't: Don't consume sugar in any form including juice or fruit. Minimize starches, and even whole grains.
Dr. Tracy Berg
General Surgery 32 years experience
Don't: Don't impair your judgment, you could fall off your diet or forget your insulin.
Dr. William Harris
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Eat: Eat 3 or more meals a day, check blood sugar regularly, and discover trigger foods.
Dr. Michael Rothman
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Type: Type 2 diabetes is very preventable by avoiding sugar and minimizing carbohydrate intake.
Dr. Sandra Pinkham
Holistic Medicine 53 years experience
Eat: Eat 6 small equal meals, one every 3 hours from the time you wake up.
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 48 years experience
Cut: Cut sugar and starch drastically. Exercise and lose weight. Simple!
Dr. Kirk Churukian
Plastic Surgery 35 years experience
Diabetics:: Diabetics: 2 oz of unsalted nuts daily improves blood glucose and helps lower "bad" LDL cholesterol!
Dr. Victor Bonuel
Internal Medicine 38 years experience
Eat: Eat less carbs & sweat more. Have your check up every 3 months. Take your meds regularly & try cinnamon.
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 48 years experience
Cinnamon: Cinnamon has been shown to be of benefit in type 2 diabetes. A potent anti-oxidant as well.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Beware: Beware of high fructose corn syrup or any additive referring to corn sugar, bad stuff.
Dr. William Harris
Family Medicine 33 years experience
To: To keep sugar & Insulin levels more even, eat more veg/fruit, legumes, whole grains, & lean proteins.
Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
Treatment: Treatment for diabetes is diet, exercise, and prescribed meds and compliance to keep alc<6.
Dr. John Walker
Plastic Surgery 26 years experience
Regular: Regular strict control, regular small meals, no short cuts, fast food, regular exercise, check feet!
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 16 years experience
Avoid: Avoid juice & soda pop unless the blood sugar is low. They are basically sugar water.
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 48 years experience
Don't: Don't drink fruit juices. (all sugar!) ocean spray has sugar free juices: blueberry, cranberry, others!
Dr. Scott J. Wolfson
Pediatrics 22 years experience
Always: Always make sure to keep a balanced diet to avoid major swings in glucose levels.
Dr. Mandakini Patel
Pediatrics 41 years experience
Try: Try eating bitter melon in small amount daily & cinnamon capsules with each meal. It helps in some.
Dr. David Cohen
Internal Medicine 42 years experience
Watch: Watch your carbohydrate intake. See a nutritionist.
Dr. Kevin Olson
Family Medicine 34 years experience
Read: Read labels! know the difference between sugar, carbs, fats, and protein. How much of each per meal.
Dr. David Sneid
Endocrinology 41 years experience
Discuss: Discuss w/ a good registered dietitian. 3 meals/day; no snacks, exercise daily.
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 48 years experience
Go: Go as low as possible with your sugars and starch. To your body, they are identical!
Dr. William Harris
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Don't: Don't call it dieting: that suggests something temporary. Eat and live healthier for life!
Dr. William Haynes
Endocrinology 37 years experience
Replace: Replace white (pasta, rice, bread, potatoes) with green (broccoli, green beans, spinach, zucchini).
Dr. Darrell Herrington
Family Medicine 34 years experience
Don't: Don't eat pre-prepared foods. Anything in a box, can, bottle, or jar is preserved with sodium.
Dr. Tod Haller
Ophthalmology 16 years experience
See: See a nutritionist! it's more than just looking at sugar on the nutrition facts! you'd be surprised!
Dr. Kenneth Grossman
Endodontics 44 years experience
Avoid: Avoid alcohol! it is metabolized into sugar!
Dr. Steve Springer
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Check: Check with your local diabetes education center. They have the resources to start you off right!
Dr. Linda Gromko
Family Medicine 48 years experience
Begin: Begin by increasing your "carbohydrate awareness." read labels, and keep track of the carbs you eat!
Dr. Mohammed Parvez
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Follow: Follow "ada" diet. Avoid "high glycemic index" food.
Dr. Kathy Robinson
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Cut: Cut back on sweets and starches (bread, pasta, potatoes, rice) count carbs on packaged goods.
Dr. Maritza Baez
Family Medicine 17 years experience
Stay: Stay away from these white foods: sugar, bread, pasta, potato, and rice.
Dr. Sudhir Bansal
Endocrinology 75 years experience
Watch: Watch your total calories.
Dr. Tod Haller
Ophthalmology 16 years experience
I: I suggest meeting a nutritionist. Insurance usually pays for diabetic patients.
Dr. Maureen Mays
Specializes in Clinical Lipidology
Learn: Learn how to count carbs, fiber and know what a portion is. This is vital to health in diabetes.
Dr. Tracy Berg
General Surgery 32 years experience
Check: Check on line sources that count calories. Smaller and more frequent meals is a great start.
Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Start: Start with a dietitian. Diabetic cookbooks may be good. Read success stories on the web, healthtap.
Dr. Daniel Kessler
Family Medicine 15 years experience
Clean: Clean out your pantry and start eating non-processed food as it will decrease inflammation in body.
Dr. Vicken Poochikian
Internal Medicine 42 years experience
Low: Low glycemic index diet. Essentially more gluten free carbohydrates, high fiber, low calorie.
Dr. John Michalski
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
Always: Always check with your doctor first to avoid excess swings in your blood glucose.
Dr. Holly Maes
Pediatrics 36 years experience
R: Learn to read the nutrition label on every single food that you put in your mouth.
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
See: See a nutritionist, discuss with diabetologist. Minimize carbohydrates, create balanced diet.
Dr. Wenjay Sung
Podiatry 14 years experience
Counting.: Count! Reading the nutrition label is not enough. It is important to keep a food journal and count toward a goal.
Dr. Peter Ihle
Orthopedic Surgery 54 years experience
Consult: Consult a dietitian. Get written plan from them. This will get you on right track.
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 37 years experience
Switch: Switch to non-animal products. Protein from beans, tofu are sufficient. Small frequent meals.
Dr. Manan Shah
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Start: Start by learning about the concept of glycemic index. Low glycemic index foods are the way to go.
Dr. Miroslava Fox
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Talk: Talk to the nutritionsts: they usually provide great guidelines to help you start.Read the lables.
Dr. Mitchell Vogel
Ophthalmology 30 years experience
See: See a nutritionist to get you started.
Dr. Bradford Romans
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3 things : A simple way to remember what not to eat. 1). Avoid sugary foods 2). Avoid fats...And anything fried 3) avoid " white foods "... Bread, rice, pasta, potatoes pretty simple really, good luck.
Dr. Mandakini Patel
Pediatrics 41 years experience
Diabetes: Diabetes doesn't mean you stop enjoying food. Keep your daily caloric intake about the same.
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 29 years experience
Traditional: Traditional mediterranean, low glycemic, diet helps control blood sugar. Enjoy & benefit in many ways!
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 29 years experience
Traditional: Traditional mediterranean, low glycemic, diet helps control blood sugar. Enjoy & benefit in many ways!
Dr. Charlene Sojico
Pediatrics 41 years experience
Discipline: Discipline is key to success!
Dr. Madhu Kandarpa
Nephrology and Dialysis 9 years experience
Watch: Watch out for carbs, minimize sweeteners; increase vegetables and protein intake.
Dr. Harold Peltan
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
A: A low carb diet is good for diabetics.
Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
No: No sugars, low carb, low saturated fat , proteins and limited calories.
Dr. Rupesh Parikh
Medical Oncology 26 years experience
One: One easy way is to take gluten out of the diet.
Dr. Mohammed Parvez
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Avoid: Avoid fast food and soda.
Dr. Ravi Chand
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Controlling: Controlling calories to reduce 10 % of body weight can decrease need for diabetes treatment or meds.
Dr. Thomas Long
General Practice 43 years experience
Diabetic: Diabetic diet is not one-size-fits-all. Concepts that the application would be very individualized.
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 29 years experience
Eating: Eating lots blueberries, grapes, & apples fruit but not juices, lowered the risk of type 2 diabetes.
Dr. Jodi Luchs
LASIK Surgery 30 years experience
Be: Be sure to have your eyes checked regularly to look for diabetic eye problems.
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 29 years experience
Mediterranean: Mediterranean diet that focuses on nuts, legumes, fruit n vegetables can lower type 2 diabetes risk.
Dr. Marius Frasie
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
See: See your doctor and or dietician.
Dr. Cynthia Anderson
Radiation Oncology 20 years experience
I: I highly recommend american diabetes association website diabetes.Org. The best scientific advice.
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 18 years experience
Don't: Don't do anything on your own. Seek professional advice (diabetic educator, etc) so you don't wind u.
Dr. Mohammed Parvez
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Pick: Pick a meal plan and follow it.
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 32 years experience
Eat: Eat foods with low glycemic index, which will not raise blood glucose as much as others.
Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Starting: Starting a diabetic diet is easiest with education . Go to a diabetic educator. If not, go online, .
Dr. Elizabeth Trinidad
Neurosurgery 27 years experience
Learn: Learn to read labels, it will help you keep track of calories and sugar content.
Dr. Mandakini Patel
Pediatrics 41 years experience
Include: Include lots of vegetables and whole grains, legumes' avoid white rice and processed foods.
Dr. Su Fairchild
Integrative Medicine 24 years experience
Eat: Eat lots of vegetables, enough protein, and 1 tablespoon of coconut oil with each meal.
Dr. Steven Ferguson
General Practice 35 years experience
The: The mediterranean diet is thought to be one the best diets in the world, also good for diabetics.
Dr. Christopher Khorsandi
Plastic Surgery 22 years experience
There: There are numerous apps for helping guide patients through a healthy diabetic friendly diet.
Dr. Estylan Arellano
Emergency Medicine 14 years experience
Low: Low glycemic index foods will help. There are books you can buy about glycemic index.
Dr. Jovita Anyanwu
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Even: Even with good diet and exercise may still need a statin to control cholesterol.
Dr. Andrew Rhinehart
Diabetology 29 years experience
See: See a dietitian who is a certified diabetes educator to assist you with an individualized meal plan.
Dr. Ryan Phasouk
Family Medicine 18 years experience
Nutritionists: Nutritionists are an excellent resource for any diabetic wishing to develop a dietary plan.
Dr. Terry Simpson
General Surgery 35 years experience
Avoid: Avoid processed foods. More fruits and vegetables. Start cooking!
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
See: See a professional dietician, the diet is too important to your health not to take that step.
Dr. William Nall
Sports Medicine 15 years experience
Go: Go through you pantry and throw out all of your white stuff: sugar, flour, bread, potatoes.
Dr. Erica Bial
Specializes in Pain Management
Start: Start with a low fat plant-based diet with no added sugars. If it processed, don't eat it.
Dr. Reena Gupta
Dentistry 19 years experience
Low: Low carb high fibre high protein diet.
Dr. Susan Wingo
Endocrinology 33 years experience
Whole: Whole fruit are better than juice. Whole grains are better than white flour. Nuts make good snacks.
Dr. Jerry Hu
Dr. Jerry Hu answered
Cosmetic Dentistry 23 years experience
Xylitol: Xylitol products do help with tooth decay prevention.
Dr. Caroline Cribari
Psychiatry 23 years experience
Every: Every 3hrs:eat palm-sized portion of protein+small complex carb portion. Perday:3tsp oil, 5fruit;vegs.
Dr. Jon Fishburn
Ophthalmology 30 years experience
Enroll: Enroll in a diabetic education class which will provide excellent education ; a support group.
Dr. Ray Tidman
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Knowledge: Knowledge is power. Bottom line it comes down to calories in vs calories out.
Dr. Alan Koenigsberg
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Cut: Cut back on the excessive processed white starches to start--bread, cereals, pasta, candies, etc.
Dr. Tarek Naguib
Nephrology and Dialysis 40 years experience
Ignore: Avoid starch ie bread/potato/ mac/rice/pasta.Vegies, chicken, apples, pears, beans, nuts ok.Walk 7min/day.
Dr. Corinne Deurdulian
Radiology 22 years experience
Ignore: Buy a good cookbook and/or a good self-help diet guide like the 17 day diet.
Dr. Vicki Levine
Dermatology 41 years experience
Ignore: I would either go to the library and get a book or buy a book. Another option is to see a dietitian.
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Ignore: Mayoclinic.Com/health/diabetes-diet."by failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail." ben franklin.
Dr. Norman Sudduth
Nuclear Medicine 59 years experience
Ignore: Cut out the fats and oils(http://www.Nealbarnard.Org/books/diabetes/).
Dr. Neelu Mehra
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Ignore: Eat oatmeal and stop drinking soda.
Dr. Raymond Schneider
Family Medicine 46 years experience
Ignore: It is not just about sugar. Your dit should include fat, protein and complex carbohydrates.
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Ignore: See a dietician. Talk to your doctor or check out the ada website to find one.
Dr. Pamela Svendsen
Family Medicine 26 years experience
Ignore: Limit the "white" in your diet...Rice, white potatoes, pasta and bread.
Dr. Mary Callahan
Cardiology 29 years experience
Ignore: Avoid concentrated sweets, eat only complex carbohydrates in fruits, whole grains breads or cereals.
Dr. Jovita Anyanwu
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Ignore: Eat frequent small meals so that your not very hungry to eat large meals.
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 61 years experience
Ignore: Remove all concentrated sweets and reduce starches.
Dr. Trachella Johnson foy
Family Medicine 20 years experience
Ignore: Focus on decreasing white foods (pasta, potatoes, bread, rice grits).
Dr. Joshua Garren
Radiation Oncology 24 years experience
Ignore: Miracle noodles, with a teaspoon of soup mix for flavoring, is the 15-calorie, sugarless ramen. , .
Dr. Neil Manago
Anesthesiology 36 years experience
Ignore: If gou look up the american diabetic association website, they have excellent tips.
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Ignore: Please watch out for glycemic index, carbohydrate, process sugar, corn syrup or starch in your diet.
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
Dentistry 45 years experience
Ignore: I would locate diabetes support groups and also contact my local hospital dietary department.
Dr. Ragan Faler
Dentistry 24 years experience
Ignore: Write. Write down what your are eating. Journaling is an excellent way to keep you on course.
Dr. Nika Ferdowsi
Specializes in Family Medicine
Ignore: Read mark hyman's book: blood sugar solution. Focus on low glycemic index/load diet.
Dr. Martin Fried
General Practice 36 years experience
Ignore: Minimize processed foods and foods high in sugar content. Increase fiber in your diet.
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 41 years experience
Ignore: Understand that one's food choices are far more powerful than all currently available dm medications.
Dr. Robert Kent
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 12 years experience
Ignore: Understand not only what carbs are, but what are good and bad carbs and the glycemic index of foods.
Dr. Robert Grieco
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Ignore: Eat like a bird, (always moving, high fiber, low carb, high protein, frequent small meals).

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