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Important Questions to Ask Your Doctor Once You've Been Diagnosed With Type 2 Diabetes

Why Do I Need to Watch My Diet?

Those who have type 2 diabetes have to focus on weight control, as most people with this condition are overweight. You will be able to improve your blood sugar levels by following certain meal plans, which consist of fewer calories, a certain amount of carbohydrates per meal, and healthy monounsaturated fats. In many cases, you can improve type 2 diabetes by losing some weight and increasing physical activity.
 
Some questions you may want to ask your healthcare provider regarding your diet include:
 
  • What is my goal weight?
  • What foods are best for me?
  • What foods should I avoid?
  • Do I need to follow a specific diet?
  • How many carbohydrates should I eat at each meal?
  • What is the glycemic index and why do I need to know about it?
  • How do I determine appropriate calories and portions?
  • Is there a schedule I should follow on when to eat?
  • How many meals can I eat a day?
  • What about snacks?
  • Can I eat sweets?
  • Can I drink alcohol?
  • Should I eat before or after I exercise?
  • What is medical nutrition therapy?
  • Do I need to see a nutritionist?
 
Eating correctly will not only help manage your blood sugar levels; it can also help control your blood pressure and cholesterol levels. In order to effectively eat right, you will have to learn how different foods affect your blood sugar levels. Your healthcare provider can work with you to help create a meal plan that is best for you.
 

Getting the Heart Pumping

Exercising is also an important lifestyle change that you may need to incorporate to help control your blood sugar levels. However, you may be wondering how to optimize your exercise plan. Some questions you may want to ask your healthcare provider about exercise include:
 
  • How much exercise should I do?
  • Are there certain types of exercises that are right for me?
  • Are there certain activities I should avoid?
  • How will exercise affect my blood sugar levels?
 
While a fitness program can help improve your blood sugar levels, there is no one right plan that works for everyone. Your healthcare provider can help tailor an exercise regimen that is right for you.
 
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