Diabetes Diet Myths 2

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Contrary to popular belief, having diabetes doesnt mean that you have to start eating special foods or follow a complicated diabetes diet plan. Dr. Edward Hill continues his look at diabetes diet myths in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Rather than a restrictive diet, people with diabetes should adopt a healthy-eating plan thats naturally rich in nutrients and low in fat and calories. Here are some additional myths concerning diabetes and diet.

Myth: Youll need to give up your favorite foods. Fact: A dietitian can help you find ways to include your favorites.

Myth: You have to give up desserts. Fact: You can develop many strategies for including desserts in a diabetes diet.

Myth: Artificial sweeteners are dangerous for people with diabetes. Fact: The American Diabetes Association approves the use of several artificial sweeteners in diabetes diets.

Controlling blood sugars is an essential part of preventing diabetic complications like heart disease, stroke, blindness and kidney failure.

There is no one perfect food so including a variety of different foods and watching portion sizes is key to a healthy diet. Together with exercise and medication, you can use what you eat as an effective tool for keeping your blood glucose levels within normal ranges.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.