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What Should I Eat If I Have Type 2 Diabetes?

Q. Newly diabetic (Type 2). What can I eat and what shouldn’t I eat? Will one day matter? — risa59, Upstate N.Y. A. With all forms of diabetes, the goal is consistent management of your blood sugar to prevent the long-term damage to nerves, blood vessels and organs that can result from uncontrolled diabetes. When you have Type 2 diabetes, your body does not make enough insulin or is unable to use it well. Overeating, particularly high carbohydrate foods like many of those served at Thanksgiving, will cause your blood sugar to rise. Even in the short-term, this can cause headaches, fatigue and leave you feeling generally lousy. Thanksgiving is just one day, but you will feel better and enjoy the holiday more if you pay attention to what and how much you eat. This doesn’t mean you have to miss out on your favorite foods. Hopefully, you are working with your doctor or a dietitian and learning about monitoring your blood sugar, counting carbohydrates in foods and staying active. For Thanksgiving, feel free to taste everything, but pay attention to portion size and limit your intake of high-carbohydrate foods. Remember that drinks like alcoholic beverages and eggnog are loaded wit Continue reading >>

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  1. LizLemon030

    Me!!!! I found that there’s a very fine line for me with them (like just right amount of potatoes= 95, one more bite = 155!!) BUT yes, for the most part I can eat potatoes till the cows come home! They’re a nice change from whole wheat grains!

  2. JKRsMommy6913

    Me!! I can have a small potato and be perfectly fine! I cut them into wedges and season with olive oil, garlic powder, paprika, cayenne pepper, salt and parm cheese and roast them. Omg, so good! This is why it bugs me when some people insist that potatoes are “off limits”.

  3. mamasplum

    I have had good luck with potatoes as well. And also with sweet potatoes!

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