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 eating plan 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.
You might gain better control of diabetes with a little help from your friends.
In a study of more than 75,000 people with diabetes, 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.