The American Diabetes Association turns 75 this year, and 2015’s celebration has an important theme: Eat Well, America!
Food choices are very important for everyone’s overall health but especially for anyone with diabetes. The Eat Well, America! program wants to help patients manage their diabetes and at the same time show Americans that eating well is one of life’s greatest pleasures. Here are a few highlights:
- Read about Understanding Carbohydrates to understand how the balance between the carbohydrates you eat and the insulin in your body makes a big difference in blood glucose levels.
- Learn about Making Healthy Food Choices instead of trendy fad diets.
- Add Diabetes Superfoods to your daily diet – they provide key nutrients and have a low glycemic index.
- Check out how to Create your Plate at each meal. Opt for 25% grains and starchy foods, 25% protein and 50% non-starchy vegetables. By adding a small amount of healthy fat, fruit and a drink, you’ve built a delicious meal to help manage blood glucose levels.
- Keeping Fitness in your overall health plan is important to help manage blood glucose levels and improve your A1C score.
The American Diabetes Month website has a wealth of information on how individuals with diabetes can enjoy delicious and healthy foods to help with diabetes management. Look for recipes and tips on grocery lists, shopping, meal planning and chefs’ preparation secrets. You’ll find special information on gluten-free and vegetarian diets as well as help with holiday meal planning. And to help celebrate American Diabetes Month, during each week in November you can find nutritious recipes chosen by cookbook authors and renowned chefs.
At Klein Foot and Ankle Specialists we know that patients with diabetes must take extra care of the feet to prevent small injuries from becoming big problems. If you or a family member suffers from diabetes, make an appointment with Dr. Barry Klein and Dr. Debra Klein, board certified podiatrists for a comprehensive foot exam. Call our Pine Hill office at 856-783-3366 or our Florence office at 609-499-1181 for an evaluation. You can also reach us via email. We hope to see you in our office soon!