Fruits To Avoid In Diabetes Type 2

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13 Best And Worst Foods For People With Diabetes

How to choose food If you have diabetes, watching what you eat is one of the most important things you can do to stay healthy. "The basic goal of nutrition for people with diabetes is to avoid blood sugar spikes," says Gerald Bernstein, M.D., director of the diabetes management program at Friedman Diabetes Institute, Beth Israel Medical Center in New York. Candy and soda can be dangerous for diabetics because the body absorbs these simple sugars almost instantly. But all types of carbs need to be watched, and foods high in fat—particularly unhealthy fats—are problematic as well because people with diabetes are at very high risk of heart disease, says Sandy Andrews, RD, director of education for the William Sansum Diabetes Center in Santa Barbara, Calif. Worst: White rice The more white rice you eat, the greater your risk of type 2 diabetes, according to a 2012 review. In a study of more than 350,000 people, those who ate the most white rice were at greatest risk for type 2 diabetes, and the risk increased 11% for each additional daily serving of rice. "Basically anything highly processed, fried, and made with white flour should be avoided," says Andrews. White rice and pasta ca Continue reading >>

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  1. Anonymous

    With my first child, I barely failed the screening test (by three points) and barely passed the three-hour GTT (one of the four numbers was over the cutoff, two over means you are diagnosed with GD). I'd like to avoid the three-hour test this time. Does anyone have any tips for how to prepare in the next four weeks so that I'll pass the initial screening test? I.e., did you change your diet and exercise routine and find that it affected the outcome? What did you eat or how long did you fast the day of the test, and do you feel this made a difference in the outcome? (Doctors tell people different things on this).
    To avoid flames, I should probably explain by way of background that a lot of medical professionals question the value of GD screening and treatment for women who are borderline cases (as I would be were I to fail the three-hour test). A GD diagnosis opens one up to unnecessary early induction and c-section, not to mention being put on a diabetic diet and being forced to monitor blood sugar like a diabetic. In my opinion, this is way over the top for someone who is only off by a couple of points. Obviously, if I was truly GD or Type II, it wouldn't be possible to make such changes for four weeks and alter the outcome significantly enough to avoid a diagnosis. But since I'm on the borderline, I'd like to try to optimize the test result as much as I can.

  2. Anonymous

    I failed with first baby by one point! So frustrating. Passed the three-hour. Second baby - I ate and drank nothing the day of the screening and passed. Not sure there is much more you can do.

  3. Anonymous

    Hi OP, search the archives for several (cranky!) posts authored by me on the same subject -- though I do hope people will answer you here because I'm dealing with a similar issue. My dad has type II diabetes so this has flagged me for additional GD screening, despite the fact that my dad is easily 50 lbs overweight, lives a very sedentary lifestyle, and has never met a donut he didn't eat. I also think that it is a bit of a bogus test. A really good test would be to see how my body reacts to the NORMAL sugar and carbs I eat every day, not a superman sized shock to the system of sugar that I would never, ever ingest under ordinary conditions. And I'm pretty sure ACOG agrees with me on this, they've said routine screening of women for GD is not useful.
    I especially think it is bogus that I get screwed b/c of my dad's issue (it is not in our family otherwise) and don't even think I want to even endure the first round of testing b/c I understand the test results are highly variable. I'm also with you on the fear of early induction, getting flagged for c-section if the baby seems big according to u/s (and we know that's not terribly reliable) etc. (we've probably read the same stuff in the Dr. Sears Pregnancy book, right?) Anyway, the consensus seemed to me to be that one should actually eat a very high carb diet for several days before the test, which seems counter to logic, but I guess the idea is that it prepares the body for the sugar shock to come. Then the morning of, you have to be careful not to eat ANY sugar at all, because they don't tell you but this adds to the sugar in your system and can put you over the limit.
    I hope this helps. You sound like you've educated yourself about it, so the only thing I would add, out of abundance of caution (and the same applies to me), is that if we're going to try to game the GD system, we should be especially careful to make good diet choices that recognize the fact that we might have additional risks.
    Good luck! I hope others post with better and more detailed info -- I'll be watching this thread too.

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