How Simple Diet Changes Can Help Control Your Diabetes
Posted 7/17/2018 by UHBlog
The foods you eat play a big part in controlling diabetes. Talk to us about simple diet changes that pack a big punch when you have diabetes.
Whether you’re newly diagnosed with diabetes or a longtime diabetic sufferer, you’ve probably heard and read about ways to prevent sneaky sugars from sabotaging your health. But are you using what you’ve learned to keep your diabetes in check?
Diabetes and Diet
Many people with diabetes – and even some without a diabetes diagnosis – would benefit from reviewing their eating habits, says podiatrist Windy Cole, DPM, medical director of the Wound Care Clinic at University Hospitals Ahuja Medical Center.
“You can do a lot of good or a lot of damage by what passes through your lips,” Dr. Cole says.
An estimated 30.3 million Americans are living with type 2 diabetes – and another one in four adults are prediabetic and don’t know it. So it’s important to understand which foods can spike or dip your blood sugar levels, Dr. Cole says.
Carbohydrates and Blood Sugar
Many of us know that refined carbohydrates, such as those found in white bread, pasta, rice and potatoes, can wreak havoc on your blood sugar levels. However, you may not realize that certain good-for-you carbohydrates metabolize in a way that can cause a blood sugar spike.
For instance, legumes, bananas and root vegetables, including carrots and any vegetable that grows below the ground, are carbs that can affect your blood glucose levels.
Other times, poor eating habits make it hard to manage your diabetes.
“Making small, simple changes, like eliminating soft drinks, can make a difference,” Dr. Cole says.
Chronic disease Effects
It can also influence how well you thrive, despite living with a chronic disease. As the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S, diabetes is the No. 1 cause of kidney failure, lower-limb amputations, adult-onset blindness and numerous foot-related problems, including:
Diabetes treatment such as doctor’s visits, medications, hospitalization, treatment and supplies cost nearly $245 billion annually. But because diabetes progresses slowly and if you catch it early, you can do a lot to prevent serious health problems.
“We offer a diabetes education network, an annual diabetes expo and many community outreach events through UH,” Dr. Cole says. “These include nutrition and education forums that can help you regiment your diet and control your diabetes.”
Lear more about the Wound Care Clinic or call 216-593-1308.
Windy Cole, DPM is a podiatrist and medical director of the Wound Care Clinic at University Hospitals Ahuja Medical Center. You can request an appointment with Dr. Cole or any other doctor online.