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Aug
15

Healthy eating key piece of treatment plan

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food_bagEating a balanced diet means your diet contains all the necessary food groups including carbohydrates (carbs), proteins and fats.

Carbohydrates, when broken down, turn into sugar. Too many carbs at one time can cause your blood sugar to go too high. The amount of carbs that you should eat at one meal depends on the individual. Contact a diabetes educator or a dietician for a customized meal plan.

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) has a simple principle that explains all carbohydrates are created equal: A carb is a carb is a carb! It is important to understand that sucrose (table sugar) and other sugars do not create a more harmful effect on blood sugar and they are not absorbed more rapidly than starches. The totalamount of carbohydrates eaten will have more of an effect on blood sugar levels than the source of the carbohydrate.

A healthy eating regimen doesn’t just help control blood sugar. It also can have a positive effect on other conditions like obesity, hypertension and heart disease.

Diabetes Management & Supplies offers diabetes self-management and diabetes education services. For more information on specific nutrition needs or to enroll in group or individual sessions, call our Education Department at 1-888-738-7929 or email education@diabetesms.com.

Aug
15

Plate Method a visual tool in diabetes control

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The nutrition of diabetes control is divided between choice and portion. While it is important to make wise food choices that encourage good blood sugar control, it is also important to practice portion control and add foods in the right combinations.

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) and Diabetes Management & Supplies (DMS) advocate portion control strategies for people living with any form of diabetes and for those trying to prevent diabetes.

The ADA suggest “creating your plate” as an easy way to get started with managing blood glucose levels.

“You don’t need any special tools or have to do any counting,” the ADA Web site says. “It’s simple and effective—draw an imaginary line on your plate, select your foods, and enjoy your meal! You may have heard of this as the ‘Plate Method.’”

The DMS “I’m in Control” diabetes education program details meal planning and the Plate Method in its Healthy Eating section.

The plate method is a way to visualize proper portion sizes using a 9-inch plate. Make half of your plate non-starchy vegetables, a fourth of your plate protein and a fourth of your plate starch. On the side you may either have a serving of low fat milk or a serving of fruit. Following the plate method helps to ensure that you eat a well-balanced meal containing all the necessary food groups and stay within recommended carbohydrate intake.

Menu Planning

  • Start with the Carb choices allowed on your meal plan – how many – what is a serving size?
  • Add the correct amount of Protein food – usually about 2-4 ounces of meat per meal (size of your palm) cooked using a low-fat method
  • Add no more than one or two servings of Fat per meal. Add none if you include fried foods at that meal or if trying to lose weight. (1 tsp = 1 serving)

The ADA plate method is detailed in the video below.

DMS offers diabetes self-management and diabetes education services. For more information on specific exercise needs or to enroll in group or individual sessions, call our Education Department at 1-888-738-7929.

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Ordering Supplies and Equipment

A diabetes treatment plan is very important. Make sure you know how things should work. Carefully following any medication orders and instructions is vital to your plan's success. Make sure you don't run out of supplies just as you refill prescriptions so you don't run out of medication.

Here are some ways you can let us help you reorder supplies:

At Diabetes Management & Supplies, we value the part we play on your treatment plan team and realize that winning is promoting good health.