Shawnee D. Weir, MD
- internal medicine
Location and Office HoursRaleigh Endocrine Associates
2709 Blue Ridge
Raleigh, NC 27607
- BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina
- CIGNA HealthCare
- Coventry Health Care (Wellpath)
- Great-West Healthcare CIGNA
- Optimum Choice of the Carolinas/MAMSI (United Healthcare)
- PARTNERS National Health Plans
- United Healthcare
- WellPath Select
- Duke Raleigh Hospital
- WakeMed Raleigh Campus
Are sports drinks okay for people with diabetes?
dLife - It's YOUR Diabetes Life! answeredWhile flavored sports drinks like Gatorade and PowerAde have been designed to replace electrolytes lost during exercise, these aren’t necessarily the best choice for hydration maintenance for people with diabetes (or for people watching their weight), since they are often loaded with sugar and calories. Unless you’re trying to combat hypoglycemia, those extra carbohydrates aren’t necessary and can even sabotage your weight control plan. Consuming a small amount of salt (for example, by taking salt tablets or eating a small amount of food) along with water during or after exercise is another option for electrolyte replacement and is probably the better choice for most people. You can also make your own sports drinks by adding a small amount of salt to low-calorie flavored fruit beverages and flavored waters.
What are carbs and why are they important in diabetes meal planning?
American Diabetes Association answered
Carbohydrates include vegetables, fruits, cereals, grains, pastas, breads, and milk. These foods are loaded with nutrition. They provide easily used energy, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. They also tend to be lower in calories than foods in other groups.
Sugar is also a carbohydrate. It has long had a bad reputation, especially among people with diabetes. People used to think that eating sugar would cause blood glucose levels to rise much more rapidly than other types of carbohydrates, such as bread or potatoes. So although bread and potatoes were okay to eat, pure sugar or sugar-laden treats were considered taboo. Well, it turns out that the total amount of carbohydrates and its combination with other nutrients, such as fat, are much more important.
Foods that contain sugar can be part of your diabetes plan. You’ll just need to account for the calories and carbohydrates. Keep in mind, sugar has little nutritional value, so filling up on sugars won’t allow you to eat as much as the nutrient-rich carbohydrates.
What are the benefits of a vegetarian diet for people with diabetes?
American Diabetes Association answeredA vegetarian diet is a healthy option, even if you have diabetes. Research supports that following this type of diet can help prevent and manage diabetes. In fact, research on vegan diets has found that carb and calorie restrictions were not necessary and still promoted weight loss and lowered participants' A1C.
Vegetarian diets are naturally higher in fiber, much lower in saturated fat, and cholesterol-free when compared to a traditional American diet. The high fiber in this diet may help you feel full for a longer time after eating and may help you eat less over all. When fiber intake is greater than 50 grams per day on a vegan diet, it may help lower blood glucose levels.
This diet also tends to cost less. Meat, poultry, and fish are usually the most expensive foods we eat.
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