In this month’s issue, we’re looking at how diet can influence blood sugar and your risk for diabetes. Diabetes affects the body’s ability to metabolize sugar, either because the pancreas produces little or no insulin (type 1 diabetes), a hormone that regulates the absorption of sugar from the bloodstream into
Tag: whole grain foods
Q: I have had type 2 diabetes for more than 20 years. Should I eat whole-grain foods? I know they are touted for their health benefits, but they are high in carbohydrates, and years ago, I was told to limit my carbohydrate intake.
A: Carbohydrates, which were once considered by many
Q: I understand that Medicare covers up to 36 weeks of cardiac rehabilitation, and longer if necessary. How do you know how much cardiac rehab you’ll need?
A: Cardiac rehabilitation (or rehab, for short) is an exercise-training program that seeks to improve your physical condition after you go through heart surgery,
What is diverticulitis? Definition-wise, it’s a condition that’s best explained by describing how it starts—and what it starts as. According to The Diverticulitis Foundation of America, half of Americans older than age 60 have diverticulosis, a condition where small pouches (about the size of large peas) called diverticula bulge outward
Take a look in your pantry. Do you see whole-grain pasta? Does the label on your bread say “100% whole wheat”? (Are you sure? Don’t be fooled by terms like “multigrain.”) Is your breakfast cereal made with whole grains?
“We are very fortunate these days—for almost any type of baked product
Scale Back on Sugar
On average, added sugars (those not naturally found in foods) account for more than 13 percent of Americans’ daily calories—that’s almost 270 calories, or about 17 teaspoons of sugar, for someone consuming 2,000 calories a day. The 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans advise limiting added sugars to
Shift to Whole Grains
For better nutrition and reduced risk of chronic disease, shift your eating pattern to replace refined grains with whole grains. Adults who eat around 1,600 calories a day should get around five servings of grains daily, while adults targeting 2,200 calories a day may need around seven
If you’d like to eat healthier but feel confused or overwhelmed by all of the information you see on diets, there’s an easy way to get started: Follow one of the three healthy eating patterns that are spelled out in the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA).
“All three diets are
The Need for Nutrient Density
Another concept emphasized in the latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) is nutrient density. You need to consume nutrient-dense foods and beverages to get enough of the nutrients you need without consuming too many calories. Aim to get as much nutritional “bang” for your caloric “bucks”
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