Eat Well, Be Well, Feel Well … a challenging act for people with diabetes

9:46 AM, Oct 15, 2019
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Balancing blood sugar levels is the key to living well with diabetes and eating well is the key to managing blood sugar. But what does eating well mean? Simply put, eat healthy foods that give you the nutrition and fuel your body needs in the right amounts at the right times so your blood sugar stays in your target range as much as possible. As much as possible? Yes – we are all human beings – and nobody is perfect. Particularly when it comes to food, because it often has a more cultural and emotional component than a re-fueling-only part to it.

You don’t have to give up your favorite foods to eat well – tasty food can be one of life’s greatest pleasures. But you will need to balance the proteins, fats, and carbs you eat to manage your diabetes and feel your best. It might sound impossible to make all those food related decisions by yourself. Well, the utmost best guidelines for your food decisions is seeking professional help. Work with your dietitian or diabetes educator to create a healthy eating plan and get some tips, strategies and ideas to make it easier to eat well – considering your life circumstances, beliefs and yes, cravings too. Learn how a Diabetes Educator can help you. Diabetes education is a recognized part of your diabetes care and is covered by Medicare and most health insurance plans when it is offered through an accredited diabetes education program, which has met vigorous criteria set by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. You can thrive with diabetes.

Need help making the best food decisions this holiday season?

Facing the tempting holiday season- the AADE (American Association of Diabetes Educators) provides valuable materials about healthy holiday eating on their website in English and Spanish.

What is considered a proper diet for seniors with diabetes?
When you think of the right diet for seniors with diabetes, you should strive for foods that are nutrient-dense. Ideally, the diabetic diet should be high in nutrition and low in calories and fat. Let the CDC and Home helpers ® guide you with your must-haves on your shopping list for seniors with diabetes. The options are plentiful, no worries!

Why do kidney impairments cause and need additional attention?
If you have diabetes and CKD, you’re definitely not alone—about 1 in 3 American adults with diabetes also have CKD. The right diet helps your body function at its best but figuring out what to eat can be a major challenge. What’s good for you on one meal plan may not be good on the other as the Center for Disease Control and Prevention published.

Since the near future holds more exciting advances in diabetes care, how can you be a part of revolutionizing diabetes management?

Many people say participating in a clinical trial is a way to play a more active role in their own health care. Other people say they want to help researchers learn more about certain health problems. Whatever the motivation, when you choose to participate in a clinical trial, you become a partner in scientific discovery. And, your contribution can help future generations lead healthier lives. Major medical breakthroughs could not happen without the generosity of clinical trial participants—young and old, says National Institute on Aging.

AMCR Institute, a premier clinical research center for diabetes, explained the benefits of volunteering for clinical trials. Benefits include:
· A full physical exam at no cost
· Free laboratory work-ups
· No health insurance needed
· Potentially free glucose testing supplies and medication provided
· The possibility of a stipend for time and travel expenses
· Improved health outcomes because of the attention to your overall health
· Improved A1c levels from increased attention to blood sugar levels
· Free education for you and your family and loved ones

By taking an active role in your health care, you both help yourself and further research for other people in your situation. Contact AMCR Institute for more information on clinical trials.

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