Diabetes Awareness Month Q&A: Part 6

November 21, 2016

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. According to statistics, more than 29 million Americans in the United States have diabetes. Of those, more than 8 million may be undiagnosed and unaware of their condition. Dr. Suzan Saber discusses patients with diabetes and eating carbs.

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Dr. Suzan Saber
Rochester Regional Health

Q: I love my carbs, do I need to give them up because I have diabetes?

A: Absolutely not!  Carbohydrates are our main source of energy and provide us with important nutrients, vitamins, and fiber.  The type and amount you consume can make a difference in your blood glucose levels.

Carbohydrates are in:
Grains such as rice, pasta, cereal and bread
Starchy vegetables such as beans lentils, corn and peas
Fruit and juice
Milk and yogurt
Sweets

How much carbohydrate you eat is very individualized.  Finding the right amount depends on how active you are and what diabetes medication you may be on.  The amount of carbohydrates is measured in grams; you will need to know what foods have carbohydrates, how to estimate the number in of carbs in the food you eat, and tips on reading labels.

Rochester Regional offers comprehensive diabetes and endocrinology services to help you on your journey to better health. For more information on Rochester Regional Health Diabetes and Endocrinology services available, visit our website.