Diet can help lead to healthier lives

Dec 10, 2010

It's important to follow a healthy diet

Diet can play a huge role in how successfully one manages one's diabetes. Insulin levels can increase or decrease too much if a patient is not careful with what he or she eats.

The American Dietetic Association says registered nurses can play a part in how well people manage their medical condition. In the December issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association Reviews, the ADA makes some basic recommendations. Among the suggestions, the ADA says those with type 2 diabetes need consistency with their carbohydrate intake.

"This publication has reviewed the process for developing the guidelines, identified major and contributing factors for diabetes nutrition therapy, reviewed and summarized research, and stated the nutrition practice recommendations that are to be integrated into the nutrition care process," says lead author Marion Franz.

Those with type 2 diabetes may find themselves paying more for life insurance than those without the condition. Avoiding unhealthy foods can help one maintain an appropriate weight and fend off the disease. A diet full of fruits and vegetables is a good start.

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