This month, Jennifer Blance interviewed Heath Coach Amanda to participate in a Brief Editorial Inquiry for Endocrinologist Roundup.
Here are the questions the experts were asked:
- Is diabetes on a decline?
- What diabetes diet and management mistakes do you see most people with diabetes make?
- What tips would you give to someone who is newly diagnosed?
Amanda’s answers are under expert #18:
A1: I actually feel that diabetes is on the rise. 75% of Americans are experiencing blood sugar dysregulation. Diabetes is not just on the incline for those that are overweight. Many who are lean also are experiencing diabetes. Diabetes is predicted to continue to increase over the next few decades.
A2: Many diabetics that I see are consuming too many carbohydrates. This includes things like pancakes, waffles, cakes, pies, cereal, cookies, grains, soda, but also dried fruit, fruit juice, popcorn, white potatoes, inflammatory oils, harmful sweeteners and processed foods. I also find many clients skip breakfast or consume a high carb breakfast which sets them up for sugar crashes throughout the day.
A3: I would suggest the client follow a lower carb, Mediterranean or ketogenic diet. Diabetics also need to address their stress level. Other helpful tips would be to sleep 8 hours each night, drink more clean water, and exercise. Walking 20-30 minutes a day can really be helpful in stabilizing blood sugar levels.