Diet can help with diabetes

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Almost one in 10 Americans has a form of diabetes. Whether it's Type 1 or Type 2, doctors say a healthy diet can make a difference.

"Dietary approaches are really just as important as medical approaches to the treatment of diabetes," Dr. Laurence Sperling, preventative cardiology director at Emory University, said.

The American Diabetes Association recently compiled a list of super foods for those who have diabetes. It includes beans, dark green leafy vegetables, citrus fruit, tomatoes, fish high in omega 3 fatty acids, whole grains, nuts and fat free milk and yogurt.

On the flip side, there are some red flagged foods that those with diabetes will want to stay away from.

"Carbs that are processed - so white bread, white rice, white potatoes, sugared beverages and really because people with diabetes are at increased risk of blood vessel disease to be very cautious and careful about saturated fats and trans fats," Dr. Sperling said.

She recommends seeing a nutritionist.

"I do think seeing a nutritionist is a good idea for somebody with diabetes but importantly if you are on medications along with your diet working with your doctor and your team of health professionals is a good team approach," she said.