Diabetes & Carb Counting For Dummies
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Uncontrolled diabetes increases your risk for heart disease. Diabetes has a dietary component to successful management, and the same can be said for heart disease. In terms of diabetes, the focus is on carb quality, portioning, and carb counting. For heart health you'll want to limit artery-clogging saturated fats and trans fats; instead choose healthier fats from vegetable oils and fish. These tips provide guidance:
  • Opt for lean proteins to accompany your carbs. Fish is fantastic, seafood is sensational, poultry is perfect (skinless), tofu is terrific, and there's even room for red meats (lean, not marbled).
  • Protein is also provided in eggs, cheese, cottage cheese, and vegetarian meat replacements.
  • Legumes are packed with protein. They also contain soluble fiber, which is the heart-healthy type that helps lower blood-cholesterol levels.
  • Use heart-healthy fats and oils, including olive oil, canola or any liquid vegetable oil, nuts, nut butters, seeds, and avocados.

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Sherri Shafer, RD, CDE, is a senior registered dietitian and a certified diabetes educator at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center. She teaches diabetes self-management workshops and provides nutrition counseling for individuals with type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, prediabetes, and gestational dia-betes. She is also the author of Diabetes Type 2: Complete Food Management Program.

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