Healthy diet recommended to help manage diabetes

(CNN) — Almost one in 10 Americans has a form of diabetes, and whether it’s type 1 or type 2 diabetes, there’s one thing all these people can do to help manage the disease, and that’s to eat a healthy diet.

There are some “super foods” for those who have diabetes. The American Diabetes Association recently compiled a list, and it includes beans, dark green leafy vegetables, citrus fruit, tomatoes, fish high in omega-3 fatty acids, whole grains, nuts, and fat-free milk and yogurt.

On the flip side, there are some red-flagged foods that you’ll want to steer clear of if you have diabetes.

“Carbs that are processed, so white bread, white rice, white potatoes, sugared beverages, and because people with diabetes are at increased risk of blood vessel disease, (they should be) very cautious and careful about saturated fats and trans fats,” said Dr. Laurence Sperling, preventive cardiology director at Emory University.

So if you’re diabetic and think you might need some nutritional help, what’s the next step?

“I do think seeing a nutritionist is a good idea for somebody with diabetes,” Sperling said, “but importantly, if you are on medications along with your diet, working with your doctor and your team of health professionals is a good team approach.”

The American Diabetes Association Hawaii reports that over 107,000 people here have diabetes and 390,800 are living with pre-diabetes.

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