What dietary mistakes are common among people with diabetes?

A study reported in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association concerning what people with diabetes eat was disheartening but not surprising to anyone in the field of diabetes education. It said that most people with diabetes are not paying enough attention to what they eat and consuming way too much fat and sodium and not nearly enough good stuff, like fruits, vegetables, grains and low-fat dairy.

Researchers found that 85% of 2,800 adults with type 2 diabetes were eating too much saturated fat; 92% were exceeding the daily recommended salt intake, and fewer than half were getting the minimum recommended servings of fruits, vegetables, dairy and grains.

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Diabetes mellitus (MEL-ih-tus), often referred to as diabetes, is characterized by high blood glucose (sugar) levels that result from the body’s inability to produce enough insulin and/or effectively utilize the insulin. Diabetes ...

is a serious, life-long condition and the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Diabetes is a disorder of metabolism (the body's way of digesting food and converting it into energy). There are three forms of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that accounts for five- to 10-percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes may account for 90- to 95-percent of all diagnosed cases. The third type of diabetes occurs in pregnancy and is referred to as gestational diabetes. Left untreated, gestational diabetes can cause health issues for pregnant women and their babies. People with diabetes can take preventive steps to control this disease and decrease the risk of further complications.

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