Dr. Mario Trucillo, medical editor for the American Recall Center, recently asked me the #1 thing I wanted people to know about diabetes. Here’s what I said:
There is no such thing as a “diabetic” diet. Different things work for different people. Yes, we have to watch what we eat. Yes, we have to monitor the amount of carbs we consume. But it we choose to use some of our daily carb allotment for a piece of dark chocolate or a few bites of strawberry shortcake once in a while, it doesn’t necessarily mean we’re being “bad” or irresponsible.
To support my statement that different things work for different people, check out the American Diabetes Association’s new nutritional guidelines. You can follow a vegan diet or a vegetarian diet or a low-fat diet. You can follow a low-carb diet or a Mediterranean diet. You can follow the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet. You can roll your own diet based on a handful of guidelines. Any of these can work.
Dr. Trucillo also asked a few other diabetes-related bloggers what they want people to know. These bloggers included Denise, Rachel, Gavin, Kerri, Brian, Thomas, Brooke and Megan. Here’s a quick summary of what everyone had to say:
So, what do you have to say? What is the #1 thing you wish people knew about diabetes?