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My friend had diabetes. I always hear people asking him to go on a diet. How diet helps people with diabetes?

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Dr. Susan Wingo
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
11 doctors agree

In brief: Two ways

For someone with type 2 diabetes, diet helps in two ways.
First any diet that leads to weight loss will make a person more sensitive to Insulin so that lower amounts of Insulin and/or medications will control their sugars more easily. Secondly, limiting the amount of sugar and starch (that breaks down to sugar) at a meal, keeps the sugar from spiking up after a meal.

In brief: Two ways

For someone with type 2 diabetes, diet helps in two ways.
First any diet that leads to weight loss will make a person more sensitive to Insulin so that lower amounts of Insulin and/or medications will control their sugars more easily. Secondly, limiting the amount of sugar and starch (that breaks down to sugar) at a meal, keeps the sugar from spiking up after a meal.
Dr. Susan Wingo
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Dr. Seema Patel
Holistic Medicine
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In brief: Lowers sugar level

The "diet" to follow with diabetes is a low glycemic diet which means the food you are eating, does not get turned into sugar quickly.
This means eat lean protein, veggies, most fruit in moderation, nuts/seeds/ and whole grains. Foods high in sugar convert to very high levels of sugar causing swings in blood sugar. Avoid processed foods, sugary drinks, breads, and white rice/flour.

In brief: Lowers sugar level

The "diet" to follow with diabetes is a low glycemic diet which means the food you are eating, does not get turned into sugar quickly.
This means eat lean protein, veggies, most fruit in moderation, nuts/seeds/ and whole grains. Foods high in sugar convert to very high levels of sugar causing swings in blood sugar. Avoid processed foods, sugary drinks, breads, and white rice/flour.
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