UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa., May 04, 2004 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- A study by a Penn State researcher and two colleagues finds that eating habits are as important as medication in controlling Type 2 diabetes.
Dr. Carla Miller, an assistant professor of nutritional sciences at Penn State, and her team interviewed 89 people with Type 2 diabetes and compared the food habits of those who were successful in controlling their blood sugar level and those who were not.
They came up with a list of 12 Do's and three Don't's. The do's included avoiding sugary foods, limiting portion sizes, eating fewer and smaller desserts, eating less fat, planning meals, eating a lot of vegetables and limiting some carbohydrates like bread, pasta and potatoes. The Don't's all involved eating out and included eating at buffet, chain and fast-food restaurants, selecting high-fat or carbohydrate foods and choosing high-fat sources of protein.
The study is described in "Food Habits Are Related to Glycemic Control Among People With Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus" in a recent issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association.
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