Diabetes Nutrition

Following a meal plan for diabetes is one of the cornerstones of diabetes management. There are several types of plans one can follow. It is best to work with a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator to be able to address your particular needs.  How to connect with a dietitian or our diabetes care centers are listed below. One of the simplest meal plans is to use carbohydrate counting. 

Carbohydrate Counting Tool

Counting Carbs

Counting Carbs

Listen and follow along with Donna to learn about counting carbs.

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Listen to Donna Sivertsen, RD, LDN, CDE as she gives you the highlights for counting your carbohydrates.  Be sure to have your speakers turned on!  You might want to print out the handout in the call out and follow along with this video. This is a simple survival skill guideline and may not be appropriate for all. Consult with your doctor and health care team to see what is right for you. 

Nutritional Resources

In addition to counting carbs it is a good idea to choose heart healthy fats because diabetes increases your risk for heart disease. Good news this sweet resource gives you ideas of how to plan in something for a treat.

Source: Diabetes Care and Education
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Medical Nutrition Therapy (Diet) is recommended for the treatment of diabetes by the American Diabetes Association in addition to the following:

  • If overweight encourage modest weight loss 7% to reduce insulin resistance while incorporating approved physical activity 150 min per week, and behavior modification (p. S5).
  • "Monitoring carbohydrate" is an important strategy along with a diet high in fiber and low in fat. (p. S5).

http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/33/Supplement_1

Reviewed by Donna Sivertsen on March 07, 2013

Diabetes Care Center in Illinois

1414 - 10th Street, Medical Building 3
Silvis, IL 61282
309-281-2200
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Diabetes Care Center in Iowa

2535 Maplecrest Road, Suite 16
Bettendorf, IA 52722
563-421-3261
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563-421-3261

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