Diabetes Awareness Month Q&A: Part 5

November 17, 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. Today, Dr. R. James Bingham discusses healthy eating tips for patients with diabetes.

Dr. R. James Bingham
Rochester Regional Health

Q: I was recently diagnosed with diabetes, what can I eat?

A: Start with following some of the basic principles of healthy eating:

-Eat more vegetables, especially non-starchy vegetables.
-Choose whole grain foods over foods made with refined grains and flours.
-Choose lean protein foods.
-Avoid sugar sweetened drinks including juice and soda; drink more water.
-Fruit, in moderation is also a great option and can curb your sweet tooth.
-Choose low-fat milk and dairy.
-Choose healthy fats in moderation and limit unhealthy fats.
-Follow healthy plate guidelines: ¼ plate carbohydrate, ¼ plate protein, ½ plate non-starchy vegetables 

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.