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What are some typical things that a person with type 2 diabetes should eat?

What are some typical things that a person with type 2 diabetes should eat?

Fiber, water, : Protein, good fats and complex carbs in reasonable amounts. Just like anyone else that wants to be and stay healthy. I also wish exercise came inside a taco... ...Read more

Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Diabetes (Definition)

Diabetes is a disease of increased blood glucose levels. Glucose is a type of sugar that comes from the intake of food. Insulin is a type of hormone that removes the glucose from the blood and moves it into the cells to provide them with energy. There are two different types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2. Type 1 diabetes is when the body does not make any insulin. Therefore, glucose stays inside the blood and does not move into the cells. Type 2 diabetes, which is commonly associated with obesity, is when the body is either resistant to the effects of insulin or when the body does not produce enough insulin. Increased levels of glucose in the body causes severe damage to the ...Read more


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My grandma has Type 2 diabetes. She wakes up at 3am to test her levels and eat something because her levels are often too low. Any advice?

My grandma has Type 2 diabetes.  She wakes up at 3am to test her levels and eat something because her levels are often too low. Any advice?

Hypoglycemia : If your grandmother is having episodes of hypoglycemia in the middle of the night, she may need to have her medication altered. She should see the doctor who is treating her diabetes. Ask her to bring along a record of the blood sugars that she has documented, so that the doctor can more effectively treat it. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can wanting to eat a lot of sugar a symptom of type 2 diabetes?

No: Lots of people crave for sugar. Excessive thirst is a sign of diabetes although can be from several other conditions. ...Read more

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Please suggest what foods do you eat to maintain your type 2 diabetes?

Please suggest what foods do you eat to maintain your type 2 diabetes?

Diabetes and food: When i see my diabetic patients, i encourage them to exercise and watch what they eat. The american diabetes association (ada) website gives good food guidelines. It's good to consume a low carbohydrate and high fiber diet. Eat whole grain bread rather than white bread. Eat brown rice rather than white rice. Watch for certain fruits high in sugar content also. Consult with your family dr. ...Read more

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I'm just wondering, if you have type 2 diabetes can you eat lobster without the butter?

I'm just wondering, if you have type 2 diabetes can you eat lobster without the butter?

Yes: You can eat anything, but you have to do it in a well-balanced fashion and in moderation. You need to eat three meals a day, no snacks, and restrict your total caloric intake to less than you're burning off with exercise. It's 3500 calories to gain or lose a pound. You can even have butter -- but, you have to limit the amount of lobster eatenat one sitting, how often you eat it, and with what else. ...Read more

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Is it true that if you eat too much sugar you're more likely to get type 2 diabetes, is this especially true in children?

Is it true that if you eat too much sugar you're more likely to get type 2 diabetes, is this especially true in children?

No evil in sugar: There is nothing evil about sugar, which has been implicated in countless health problems over the years. Sugar is not the problem; calories are. (this goes for high-fructose corn syrup, as well.) too many calories makes one overweight. Being overweight leads to Insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. The solution is eating healthy, exercising and maintaining a healthy weight. ...Read more

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I'm a fruitatarian. I eat fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. I have been told I have borderline type 2 diabetes. Will eating a lot of fruits worsen it?

I'm a fruitatarian. I eat fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. I have been told I have borderline type 2 diabetes. Will eating a lot of fruits worsen it?

Key Word: The key word is a lot. Fructose certainly has a much much lower glycemic index than sucrose (table sugar) and is metabolized differently than sucrose. However, too much fructose can lead to Insulin resistance and make your diabetes worse. It seems that just about anything in excess is bad for us. ...Read more

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