Diabetes Diet Myths

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Diabetes diet. Simply hearing these words may be enough to make you feel overwhelmed or frustrated. Dr. Edward Hill beings a two-part look at some of the most common myths about diet and diabetes in the 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

For people with diabetes, diet plays a key role in controlling their blood sugar. But there are many myths surrounding diabetes and diet. Over the next two days well take a look at some of these.

Myth 1: Eating too much sugar causes diabetes. Fact: Diabetes is caused by the bodys inability to appropriately process sugar.

Myth 2: There are too many rules in a diabetes diet. Fact: Diabetic diets are really very simple. Even carb counting can be readily learned by children.

Myth 3: Carbohydrates are bad. In fact, carbohydrates are good. They form the foundation of a healthy diabetes diet or of any healthy diet.

Myth 4: Protein is better than carbohydrates. Fact: In a diabetes diet, protein should account for about 15 to 20 percent of the total calories you eat each day.

Myth 5: You can adjust your medications to cover whatever you eat. Fact: Even with diabetic medications, there is a limit to how much sugar your body can appropriately handle.

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