By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
November 15, 2016
Category: Diabetic Foot Care
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November is National Diabetes Month and here at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care we work with many patients who have this disease. Good foot health is essential for controlling diabetes and preventing some of the more serious conditions that can occur, such as ulcers and wounds on the feet and Charcot Foot. We believe in a total body approach to diabetes. This includes regular examinations by our podiatrists, Dr. Varun Gujral or Dr. Nrupa Shah, taking medications and following the treatment plan of your other physicians, and exercising and watching your diet. Below are some nutrition do’s and don’ts that can help make it easier to maintain proper blood sugar levels:

Do: just eat when you’re eating. Doing other activities while you eat can result in eating larger quantities.

Do: eat a wide variety of foods. Picking different foods each day from each of the food groups will help ensure that you get the vitamins and nutrients you need and also ward off boredom with eating healthy foods.

Don’t: fry foods. Look for lean cuts of meat and poultry and fish and try grilling, broiling or baking them without adding oil, butter or other fats.

Don’t: swear off carbohydrates but instead choose whole grains for at least 50% of the carbs you consume. These include oatmeal and whole grain cereals, brown rice and whole wheat bread.

Do: plan what goes on your plate. Fill at least half your plate with vegetables and fruits. Also, switch to a smaller size plate to help with portion control.

Do: look for flavorful ways to season your food instead of salt. Peppers, citrus juices, herbs and salt-free seasoning blends can all help punch up the taste of food without salt, which can increase blood pressure.

Don’t: skip meals. This can lead to drops in blood sugar levels that can leave you moody, unable to focus and so hungry that you overeat at your next meal. Regular meals and snacks that add up to a balanced diet are a better strategy.

If you have additional questions about managing your diabetes and maintaining a diabetic foot health regimen, contact our Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction office at: 732-662-3050.