Diabetic Diet and exchanges

By chris_scott662000 Latest Reply 2008-09-21 18:22:39 -0500
Started 2008-09-21 11:49:01 -0500

My grand father was on a diet to loose weight and get his sugar under control. I remember he had to use exchanges. Like if he had something during the day instead of at that meal…he could exchange it for something else and they gave him a list of stuff…Is there any diet in writing that has that ..i remember the woman who gave it was from home nursing…does anyone know if this…bf is having trouble with his diet and i want to help but it is so hard for me to know the good foods from the bad and if he has something with sugar in at one meal what can replace it in another …like if he wanted white tatoes but cant have them what can be in its place…I need the help big time

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GabbyPA 2008-09-21 18:22:39 -0500 Report

Hi Chris,
I reviewed a book on the South Beach Diet (Glycemic handbook)...It is in our book section. It gives great guidance on the foods that are good for people who are working on weight, but also good for diabetics.
As Tmana said, there are many out there, and the "exchange" one you are speaking of comes from the ADA. I found it good in the beginning, but I think for variety and better control, you will like the glycemic index methods better.
There is also a member here who has a book that you can download for free that talks about some of the technical aspects of what foods do to and with our bodies. Toma has a site called www.DiabeticDietSecrets.com and there is a lot of great information there as well.
Great that you want to take care of your boyfriend. You will find that when you are taking care of him, you will also see the imporvements in your health as well.

tmana 2008-09-21 13:24:44 -0500 Report

There have been a number of versions of exchange-based diets for diabetes management. You should be able to link to them from the American Diabetes Association (http://www.diabetes.org) or the American Diatetic Association (http://www.eatright.org). One issue with the standard exchange-based diets is that they do not differentiate between healthy starches and unhealthy starches, and between healthy and unhealthy fats.
Many of us find that choosing whole-grains over refined grains, choosing more fresh vegetables and fewer grains, and foods lower in saturated fats, help us better control our blood glucose numbers.
You may find some of us talking about the Glycemic Index, or a low-glycemic (or low GI) diet. That is a diet that selects carbohydrates (fruits, veggies, grains) based on their likelihood to raise blood glucose levels. There are several lists of glycemic indices on the 'Net (check out David Mendosa's site, or diabetes.about.com).
Lower-carb diets such as the South Beach Diet and healthier-carb/fat diets such as the Mediterranean Diet are also popular among those of us with diabetes.

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