Ask the Expert: Diabetes

Intermountain Healthcare - Food & Diet

(KUTV) -- Adult onset diabetes is a growing problem. Even just a few years ago, patients coming to Becky were mostly needing help with weight loss. Now, more than half are seen for diabetes-related issues.

  • Almost half of adults over age 65 have prediabetes.
  • Patients showing high blood sugar are getting younger and younger.

Diet choices can help with diabetes prevention – and it doesn’t have to be a massive dietary makeover.

Even small changes can help prevent adult-onset diabetes and prevent complications that come with diabetes, including diabetic blindness, amputation, neuropathy, heart disease and kidney disease.

Foods that increase blood sugar:

  • Carbohydrates
  • Grains
  • Dairy
  • Fruit
  • Desserts and sweets
  • Starchy vegetables (potatoes, corn and green peas).
  • Decrease these foods with portion control.

Carbohydrates are not “bad” to include in anyone’s diet, portions are just important!

How many carbohydrates should you be eating?

  • 1/2 – 1 cup portions at meals (no more than 1/4 of your plate)

Maintaining a healthy weight is important along with regular exercise. Adults should aim for at least 30 minutes of cardio 5 x per week

  • A brisk walk counts!

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