It’s not just sugar that gets diabetics into trouble.
It’s also foods high in carbohydrates, certain types of fats, and calories…not to mention portion sizes!
Many people with diabetes don’t know what to eat to keep their blood sugar under control. It can be frustrating and confusing when their doctor tells them to “watch what they eat” or “stay away from sugar”. Some patients think that sugar is the only thing that they need to avoid. This is far from the truth. There are many foods, not just sugar, that should be limited for patients with diabetes. In addition to sugar, foods high in carbs such as breads, tortillas, and pastries should be avoided.
And why is this important to me as a podiatrist? Because a high percentage of my patients are diabetic, and diabetes leads to so many health problems if blood sugar levels are out of control (such as kidney disease, blindness, numbness of the feet, amputations, incontinence, memory loss, and sexual dysfunction).
So………….here are some tips on making healthy food choices!
1. Eat lots of vegetables and fruits. Try picking from all of the colors of the rainbow if possible. Eat non-starchy vegetables as much as possible such as spinach, carrots, broccoli or green beans.
2. Choose whole grains over processed grains. Try brown rice, quinoa, or whole wheat pasta.
3. Include dried beans and lentils in your meals.
4. Include fish in your meals at least twice a week.
5. Choose lean meats such as pork loin and sirloin. Remove the skin from chicken and turkey.
6. Choose extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil for cooking instead of vegetable oil or lard.
7. Choose water instead of soda, fruit punch, and other sugar-sweetened drinks.
8. Choose liquid oils for cooking instead of solid fats that can be high in saturated and trans fats.
9. Cut back on high calorie snack foods and desserts like chips, cookies, cakes, and ice cream.
10. Watch your portion sizes.
Want more information on eating healthier? Let the American Diabetes Association (ADA) help point you in the right direction. Check out their website:
You can also check out my podiatry website for more information about diabetes & your feet:
Dr. Michele Colon, DPM, MS
3503 Lexington Ave.
El Monte, CA 91731