WASHINGTON (WUSA9) - People who have been recently diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes are often given conflicting advice. The doctors at Living Health Integrative Medicine, LLC break down what are the myths, and what are the facts.
MYTH: Artificial sweetener is a good substitute for sugar.
FACT: Diet products containing ingredients such as aspartame, neotame, saccharin, and sucralose have been linked to causing insulin spikes. Studies have shown that additives also induce cravings; causing people to eat more. Try substituting diet soda with sparkling water with a lemon wedge.
MYTH: It's best to buy non-fat or low-fat foods.
FACT: If there's little to no fat in the product, it's being supplemented with either sugar, artificial sweetener, or other chemicals. Healthy fats (such as salads with an olive oil based dressing, avocado, and salmon) keep you fuller longer and contain Omega-3 fatty acids that help the body regulate blood sugar levels.
MYTH: You need to stay away from beef.
FACT: This is true for beef from grain-fed cattle. It contains a higher amount of inflammation-causing fats. But meat from grass-fed cattle is healthy, and a great source of disease-preventing protein and fat. When shopping make sure the packaging reads "grass-fed." Here's a great burger recipe that will satisfy your craving.
MYTH: You'll need to start counting calories
FACT: Counting calories from nutrition labels isn't the best way to insure you're eating healthy. If you stay within a certain calorie count, but don't pay attention to nutrients, you're not doing your body any favors. It's best to follow a plate ratio. Make sure your dish is made up of 50% leafy greens, 25% roots and starchy vegetables, and 25% grass-fed beef, lean poultry, or fish.
Dr. Thomas A. Chaney, DC and Dr. Stephanie J. Chaney, DC have been practicing at Living Health Integrative Medicine, LLC for sixteen years. For more information on how to treat Type 2 Diabetes, check out one of their seminars and their book Defeat Diabetes: 33 Effective Strategies To End Diabetes Before It Ends You.
This article is sponsored by Living Health Integrative Medicine, LLC
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