|The information posted below is in no way intended to replace professional medical advice.
Diabetes care is specific and the information below may not apply to you.
People posting to this list likely have diabetes, but probably do not have a medical background.
Always speak with your healthcare team prior to making any changes regarding diabetes treatment.
In this issue:
1. What exactly are lifestyle changes for pre-diabetes?
To: "Christine, GlucoMenu Nutrition Director"
Subject: "lifestyle changes"
[Dennis] I'm having trouble with the near absence of specificity in all of
the literature I'm reading about adult onset and diabetes in general.
Everywhere I look I see recommendations for "lifestyle changes" and "low
fat, reduced calorie" dieting. This seems like a one-size-fits all
prescription for any complaint. It almost feels like no one speaking or
writing about diabetes wants to be pinned down about the specifics. It is a
sweeping set of generalities I hear again and again.
Where do I go to find out exactly what those lifestyle changes should be and
what foods, amounts, etc are best to prevent the onset of Type 2.
From: Christine Carlson
Subject: "lifestyle changes"
Diabetes care is specific to each individual which is probably why you
are finding more general guidelines than specifics. The best
recommendations you can get are from your healthcare team because they
are familiar with your specific health needs.
In short, the American Diabetes Association and National Institutes of Health indicate maintaining a healthy body weight,
regular exercise, following a healthy diet, and staying in contact with
your doctor seem to be the best approach in reducing risk for diabetes.
More specifically, the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) has recently found that those with Pre-Diabetes can make simple lifestyle changes to reduce risk
for diabetes later in life. The DPP found that subjects with Pre-Diabetes experienced a 58% reduction of risk for Type 2 diabetes when they:
Those following the lifestyle changes were able to reduce their risk even more so than those taking medications to lower blood sugar.
These preventative measures can "turn back the clock" and return elevated blood sugar to normal levels.
Christine Carlson, MS, RD, BC-ADM, CDE
- lost a modest amount of weight (5-7% of their body weight),
- exercised at moderate intensity for an average of 30 minutes a day, five days per week (most chose to walk for exercise), and
- lowered their intake of fat and calories.
GlucoMenu Nutrition Director
Subject: "lifestyle changes"
Now, THESE are more specific. Thanks. You are my hero!
Join the Support-Group
Previous E-mails to Christine (GlucoMenu® Nutrition Director)
A1c: What should my A1c level be?
Acai Berry: Is all the hype over acai berry for real, is it worth the high cost?
Alcohol: Can I have wine with dinner?
Apple: How many sugars are in an apple?
Caffeine: Does caffeine have any effect on blood sugar either good or bad?
Carbohydrate: Carbohydrate or calories?
Carbohydrate Choices: What are Carbohydrate Choices?
Chromium: Should I be taking Chromium?
Diabetes: Can you reverse diabetes?
Diabetes: Can you reverse pre-diabetes?
Diabetes: How do I change my diabetes profile on the website?
Diabetes: Newly diagnosed... Where do I start?
Dining Out: We eat out a lot. Could you give us some suggestions for Japanese and Chinese?
Dreamfields Pasta: How does Dreamfields pasta count carbohydrates?
Exercise: When should I exercise?
Fiber: Which items are the best for fiber?
Flax: Should I add ground flax seed to my meal plan?
Food Exchanges: Can you explain food exchanges?
Frozen Shoulder: Do my symptoms sound like frozen shoulder?
Fruit: What is the difference between canned and fresh fruits?
Fruit Juice: What can I drink instead of water?
Fruit Sugar: Which fruits would be a better choice for me to eat?
GlucoMenu: In 9 months, I have lost 50 lbs and my wife has lost 43. But more importantly...
GlucoMenu: Does GlucoMenu work for couples?
GlucoMenu: What is GlucoMenu?
GlucoMenu: I'm trying to lose weight... What is the lowest calorie level?
GlucoMenu: Menus for every season?
Glucose Test: My glucose tolerance test was at 105 - how high/low is that compared to acceptable levels?
Gluten: Should I be eating gluten free products?
HFCS: What's all the hype with High Fructose Corn Syrup?
High Blood Pressure: What should I order when eating out to limit sodium?
High Blood Sugar: My blood sugar levels have been running between 475 to 575.
High Blood Sugar: Tired after lunch. Any suggestions?
High Cholesterol: In addition to having diabetes I have high cholesterol. What can I order?
Hunger: What do you advise when I find myself, always, hungry and most of the time ravenous?
Iron: My iron is low. What foods do you suggest?
Margarine or Butter: Why unhealthy margarine instead of butter?
Medications: Can you give me some basic information on the medication Metformin?
Menus: I need 8 weeks of diabetic menus. Can you help me with this?
Nutrition Facts: What is "other carbohydrate" and why aren't they included in the total carbohydrate count?
Nuts: What kind of nuts should I buy?
Olean: Where I can buy Olean and what brands of food have it?
Pre-Diabetes: I'm concerned & depressed about Pre-Diabetes... Any advice?
Pre-Diabetes: What are Pre-Diabetes lifestyle changes?
Pre-Diabetes: Newly diagnosed w/ Pre-Diabetes... Where do I start?
Pre-Diabetes: Do people with Pre-Diabetes have the same symptoms as those with Type 1 and Type 2?
Pre-Diabetes: Trying to lose weight, but now gaining... Suggestions?
Snack Bars: What snack bars do you suggest I use?
Snacking: How do I avoid overeating when I'm bored?
Sodium: Does low sodium mean high in potassium?
Stevia: Are Stevia sweeteners safe for someone who has diabetes?
Sugar Alcohol: What is the difference between sugar and sugar alcohols?
Tomatoes: Will tomatoes cause an increase in blood sugar levels?
Type 2: What should I do if I've just been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes?
Vinegar: Do you have any info on taking vinegar tablets or liquid to reduce blood sugar?
Weight Loss: Do you think I'm losing weight too fast?
Weight Loss: How do I lose weight?
FREE Diabetes Profile