Fast Facts: Live Well With Diabetes

From the WebMD Archives

You know diet is a key part of diabetes care, but what kind of diet?

A recent study found that a low-carb, low-calorie diet of about 1,400 calories per day helped control blood sugar better than a low-fat diet with the same number of calories. The low-carb diet, which contained less than 50 grams of carbohydrates per day, also helped raise good cholesterol while lowering bad cholesterol and some other risks for heart disease.

After 6 months, more people on the low-carb diet were able to cut down on medications compared with those on the low-fat diet.

Friend Requests

You might gain better control of your diabetes with a little help from your friends.

In a study of more than 75,000 people with the condition, those who received group diabetes education, as opposed to individual counseling, were less likely to end up in the hospital or ER for severely low or high blood sugar. They were also less likely to get diabetes-related foot ulcers and skin infections, and more likely to be up to date on screening tests and how to take appropriate medications.

3 in 10

That's the number of Americans with diabetes who don't know they have it.

WebMD Magazine - Feature Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD on April 9, 2015

Sources

SOURCES:

Diabetes Care.

Canadian Journal of Public Health.

Annals of Internal Medicine.

© 2015 WebMD, LLC. All rights reserved.