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Diabetes

What is diet-controlled diabetes?

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  • AToby Smithson, Nutrition & Dietetics, answered on behalf of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

    Diet controlled diabetes is when blood sugar levels are controlled through diet and exercise or in other words-a healthy lifestyle. People with type 1 diabetes are unable to control their blood sugar readings from diet and exercise alone and must inject insulin along with following a healthy lifestyle. People with pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes may be prescribed to manage their diabetes through diet and exercise alone as they may produce some insulin but not enough that their blood sugar readings are slightly elevated. No matter what route you are prescribed to manage blood sugar levels, diet and exercise are always a part of the prescription.

  • AAmy Campbell, Endocrinology/diabetes/metabolism, answered

    "Diet-controlled" diabetes is essentially type 2 diabetes that is managed through lifestyle measures, particularly with a healthy eating plan, weight control and regular physical activity. The combination of controlling calorie and carbohydrate intake, reaching and maintaining a healthful weight, and being active most days of the week can help many people maintain safe and healthy blood glucose and A1C levels. While many people are able to manage their diabetes for a long period of time in this manner, most people with type 2 diabetes eventually need to take medication as an adjunct to lifestyle measures.

  • AF. Michael Gloth, III, Gerontology, answered
    The term "diet-controlled" diabetes refers to people who maintain normal glucose levels as long as their weight remains in check through diet and exercise. For many diabetics, adherence to a diet low in simple sugars is also beneficial. Combining this with the principle of eating food with the right amount of effective calories will result in better control of glucose levels. Better sugar control might mean fewer medical problems in the long term.
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