Can You Eat Fruit With Type 2 Diabetes?
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by Diana Licalzi
8M ago
  Written by Amy Brownstein, MS, RD Yes, people with type 2 diabetes can eat fruit. Fruit is a healthy, nutrient-dense food option full of water, fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Furthermore, fruit is a fat-free food. Despite these health benefits, most Americans do not meet the recommended 2 cups of fruit daily. Moreover, many people with type 2 diabetes are wary of eating fruit due to its high sugar content. But this sentiment is not warranted: research shows that fruit can be part of a healthy diet for people with type 2 diabetes. Moreover, a higher fruit intake is even as ..read more
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Lower the Glycemic Response to These Carbohydrates
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by Amy Brownstein
8M ago
  Written by Amy Brownstein, MS, RD If you’re at risk of developing or already have type 2 diabetes, you may be concerned about whether you can eat carbohydrates like pasta, rice, and potatoes. Recommendations for managing prediabetes and diabetes may suggest reducing carbohydrate intake. But carbohydrates are essential to the diet, providing vital nutrients and energy. Certain cooking methods can lower the glycemic response (the extent to which carbohydrate-containing foods raise blood sugar) of carbohydrates, making them more favorable for your blood sugar levels and allowing you to co ..read more
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Self-Care Tips for Those Living with Type 2 Diabetes
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by Xavier Toledo
8M ago
  Written by Xavier Toledo, MS and Reviewed by Amy Brownstein, MS, RD If you're living with type 2 diabetes, you might often feel frustrated, upset, or stressed. This kind of emotional struggle, called “diabetes distress,” is common. In fact, upwards of 50% of people with diabetes feel this way.[1] It's tough dealing with diabetes on a daily basis and worrying about potential health complications. That's why self-care is so important when you have diabetes. Self-care can make you feel better and help you manage your diabetes more effectively. In this blog post, we'll discuss different wa ..read more
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Can Berberine Lower Blood Sugar Levels?
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by Amy Brownstein
8M ago
Written by Amy Brownstein, MS, RD In searching for methods to manage and reverse type 2 diabetes, you may have encountered the supplement berberine. Berberine is a natural compound found in plants that may benefit blood sugar levels. In particular, berberine may be a beneficial alternative for people newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes looking to reduce their blood sugar levels. Let’s discuss berberine — what it is, how it works, its benefits, and what you should know before adding this supplement to your daily routine. The information shared in this article is educational. Always talk to yo ..read more
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Let’s Protect Our Teens: The Rise of Prediabetes in Adolescents
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by Diana Licalzi
8M ago
Written by Diana Licalzi, MS, RD A study published in JAMA found the rates of prediabetes among adolescents 12 to 19 have doubled in the past 20 years! According to Dr. Joel Zonszein, director of the clinical diabetes center at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City, type 2 diabetes used to be uncommon in people under the age of 65, but has gradually become more prevalent in younger age groups. Dr. Zonszein stated that there is now a high incidence of prediabetes in younger people, and that when they do develop type 2 diabetes, it tends to be more aggressive and less responsive to lifesty ..read more
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How Can Exercise Lower Your Blood Sugar Levels?
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by Xavier Toledo
8M ago
Written by Xavier Toledo, BSc It is widely known that regular exercise helps with blood sugar control—but what is the reason behind this? In this blog, we'll explain this simply. Additionally, we'll provide some practical exercises (with demonstrations) to assist you in reducing your blood sugar levels.   Why is exercise so good for lowering blood sugar levels? Exercise can help lower blood sugar levels by increasing the amount of glucose the muscles use for energy. Exercise triggers GLUT-4 transporters, which are vital in transporting glucose from the bloodstream to muscle cells. Conseq ..read more
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Can a Low-Carb Diet Reverse Type 2 Diabetes?
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by Amy Brownstein
8M ago
Written by Amy Brownstein, MS, RD You may have heard that a low-carb diet is beneficial for managing diabetes. But does it really work, and can a low-carb diet reverse diabetes? The answer isn’t so simple.  A low-carb diet is effective for weight loss. And weight loss is correlated with a reduction in Hba1c and fasting glucose levels. Despite this association, it is still unclear whether a low-carb diet can reverse diabetes independent of the effects of weight loss on insulin resistance.  Read on to learn more about a low-carbohydrate diet and its effect on diabetes.   What Is ..read more
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Which Grains Are Good for Those With Type 2 Diabetes?
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by Xavier Toledo
8M ago
Written by Xavier Toledo, BSc, Edited by Amy Brownstein, MS, RD Despite what you may have heard, those with type 2 diabetes can absolutely enjoy whole grains. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) calls whole grains “superstar” foods for those with diabetes — and we agree. If you read our previous post titled “Should You Eat Grains if You Have Type 2 Diabetes?,” you know that grains (specifically whole grains) offer countless health benefits. So you’ve decided you want to incorporate whole grains into your diet — but where should you start? Below, we’ve assembled a list of some options you ..read more
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Should You Eat Grains if You Have Type 2 Diabetes?
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by Xavier Toledo
8M ago
Written by Xavier Toledo, BSc, Edited by Amy Brownstein, MS, RD Those with type 2 diabetes are often told to avoid certain foods — including broad categories such as grains. Here at Reversing T2D, we disagree. So instead, we encourage our program members to embrace grains — and we’re not the only ones. According to The American Diabetes Association (ADA), whole grains are a “superstar” food for those with diabetes [1]. Not only are grains delicious and nutritious, but they can also play a key role in type 2 diabetes prevention, management, and reversal — a goal we’ve helped countless individu ..read more
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Surprising Diabetes Statistics & Trends
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by Amy Brownstein
8M ago
Written by Amy Brownstein, MS, RD Type 2 diabetes is the most common type of diabetes, with 534 million people affected globally. An additional 541 million people globally are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes due to impaired glucose tolerance. The number of people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes is expected to rise to 643 million by 2030. [1] Type 2 diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the United States and within the top 10 causes of death globally. [2,3] Type 2 diabetes affects your health and quality of life; complications can occur often and be severe. And while diabetes is a ..read more
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