What Lifestyle Changes Should I Make If I Have Diabetes?

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Well my feeling about this is that for the most part, the lifestyle changes that should be made by somebody with diabetes are probably those that most of us should be making anyway. I mean it's not any thing extraordinary, most of us should be exercising a bit more than we do. I don't think for the average person with diabetes there's nothing extraordinary different about the kind of exercise that they should do or the amount of exercise they should do.

From the stand point of diet again I think that weight management is the most important thing and that's probably not much different for people with diabetes than it is for the rest of us, but one exception maybe that for many people with diabetes restricting their carbohydrate intake is probably a critical part of their diet carbohydrates of course means starch or sugar, but for the average American probably consumes 200 grams of carbohydrate a day or more.

For most people with diabetes it's appropriate to consume far less than that. I tend to recommend on the order of 30 grams of carbohydrate with each meal possibly a little bit more, some people can do a little bit less but that's not very much if you start to look at the way a lot of us eat.