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Comments on Nutrition   (February 28, 2014)

I recently received an e-mail from a friend who also has diabetes. Among other things, she commented:

I realized I don't actually know your opinions on nutrition

and she encouraged me to look at a petition at the White House petition website:

WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO: Replace the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA)

My reply:

Personally, I have no specific opinions on nutrition, except:

  1. Don't waste money on supplements (folic acid for women planning pregnancy, and during early pregnancy, is an exception).
  2. Eat a wide variety of foods.
  3. Eat enough to maintain a healthy weight. The number of calories will be dependent on activity level. For example, if you are a pro football player (yes, there have been several with diabetes!), you'll need a lot more than if you have a desk job.
  4. Avoid junk calories most of the time. They tend to be loaded with sugar, and make it harder to maintain both your blood glucose and your weight.
  5. Measure lots of blood glucose levels to know where you are at. If your BGs are consistently high, either your meal plan, exercise level, or your medications need adjustment.
  6. Get lipid levels frequently to know where you are at. If your lipids are consistently high, either your meal plan or medications need adjustment. Or maybe you have an additional disorder that affects lipids, like hypothyroidism.

PS: I signed the petition, and urge you to do so also...

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Dr. Bill Quick began writing at HealthCentral's diabetes website in November, 2006. These essays are reproduced at D-is-for-Diabetes with the permission of HealthCentral.

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