Getting The Right Nutrition When Living With Diabetes


In 1973, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics started recognizing one week in March to highlight and educate the importance of making healthy food choices and encouraging physical activity. By 1980, the campaign had become so popular that it was changed to ‘National Nutrition Month’ due to the growing interest in nutritional care. While proper nutrition is essential for everyone, it is even more significant for those individuals living with diabetes.

Diabetes can cause blood sugar levels to rise when extra calories or carbohydrates are digested. If blood sugar isn’t controlled properly, it can lead to higher levels, known as hyperglycemia. Over time, hyperglycemia can cause nerve, kidney, and heart damage. A proper nutritional diet can help regulate blood sugar levels and prevent complications.

Dr. Machado

Dr. Machado

A balanced diet should include a variety of nutrient-dense foods such as whole grains, lean protein, healthy fats, and plenty of fruits and vegetables. It is crucial to limit or avoid foods that are high in saturated and trans fats, refined carbohydrates, and added sugars.

We spoke with the newest endocrinologist specialist at Bond Clinic, Dr. Marivette Machado, to get her insights on diabetic nutrition. “Diabetes management is all about moderation, portion control, and determination to make lifestyle modifications. But there is no need to do a Keto diet,” says Dr. Machado.

“Just a balanced diet with lower carbs is essential, and increasing activity will also help. It is important to decrease portions of foods with high glycemic index, such as white bread, white rice, potatoes, and certain fruits like watermelons, bananas, raisins, pineapples, and so on,” says Dr. Machado.

If you are living with diabetes, you must make an effective nutritional plan that works for you. Talk to your medical provider or a dietician about healthy foods, portion control, and sticking to a schedule to track your blood sugar levels. Making these lifestyle changes will improve your overall health.

An endocrinologist can help with additional support for diabetic conditions. Dr. Machado is accepting new patients at the Bond Clinic Downtown Campus in Winter Haven, FL. For more information, call 863-293-1191 ext. 3070.

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