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Q:

I was recently diagnosed type 2 last April. I have changed my lifestyle eating more fruits and vegetables, taking up exercise three times a week. Can you recommend any advice to further help me? I eat a small meal every 3 hours. I only drink water. I do have my cravings, which i do in moderation. Any advice?

Patty Bonsignore

A:

When a person is first diagnosed with diabetes it’s important that he or she learn about the disease. Many people seek Internet sites, others read books or magazines, while others get their information from family members or friends. The best source for reliable diabetes information is a class or individual session offered by a certified diabetes educator in a recognized education program. Diabetes education programs can be recognized by either the American Diabetes Association or the American Association of Diabetes Educators and have to meet stringent requirements to make sure they meet the highest quality standards and provide a useful service for people living with diabetes. You can find a recognized diabetes program in your area by going to diabetes.org and looking under “diabetes education programs.” To find a certified diabetes educator, you can go to the AADE (American Association of Diabetes Educators) website, click on the “find an educator” link and put in your zip code. It sounds like you are on the right track, but it is important for you to meet with a dietitian to create a meal plan that is individualized to you and can help you determine exactly how much carb to take in on a daily basis. It is best if this dietitian is also a certified diabetes educator.

January 5, 2013 at 6:40 pm