Good nutrition is one of the best ways to fight diabetes.
Clinical Diabetes Educator Jane Giambrone of Rochester Regional Health discussed the impact of good nutrition to combat prediabetes, type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes Friday during News 8 at Sunrise.
“One of the first questions I always get is, I have diabetes, what do I eat?” explained Giambrone. “That is the very common question. And it’s not a special diet. It’s basically healthy eating, having your nutrients, and so what that means is making sure you have your fruit, vegetables, and I recommend a heart healthy diet – having nuts, raw nuts, at least once a day and cutting down on meat and sugars. And did you know that 74% of all processed food has sugar in it.”
Giambrone said eating healthy will also contribute to weight loss. “So what I do recommend is doing simple things. If for example, you drink soda every single day to cut back on the soda. Have soda maybe every other day or to eliminate it completely if you can get to that point. That would really help preventing getting type two or prediabetes.”
Losing weight is very important noted Giambrone. “It doesn’t have to be – some people think, oh my gosh, I have 50 pounds to lose, 75, 100 pounds. It’s really not about losing a lot of weight. Even if a person is to lose 10 to 15 pounds, studies have shown that has helped. So instead of being overwhelmed with, oh my gosh, I have diabetes, what am I supposed to do? It’s taking things step-by-step and small changes really do make a big difference.”
With diabetes it’s important to have support. “We do have support at Rochester regional health,” said Giambrone. “There’s a number that can be called. It’s 585-368-4560 and when you call that number you can schedule an appointment with a registered dietitian, one-to-one. We also have classes. We have plant-based cooking classes, a living well with diabetes series and we also have prediabetes classes.”