Diabetes - you are what you eat
Most of our diabetic patients who we see regularly for diabetic foot care and surveillance have type 2 diabetes. Most times, their primary care doctor advises them to see a dietician at the Diabetes Center affiliated with Elmhurst Hospital to help control their diet and learn how food can contribute to high, or low, blood sugars. Since we see our diabtetic patients here at Prairie Path Foot and Ankle Clinic every few weeks, we often discuss their diabetes control and how tight blood sugar control man help with symptoms that may show up in their feet, such as neuropathy. Patients with type 2 diabetes usually experience this as adult onset later in life. Very often it is due to lifestyle and is preventable with lifestyle changes, and of the most controllable aspects is diet. According to Harvard researchers, eating at least 35 g of fiber each day reduces your chances of getting diabetes by 19%. This study noted fiber from actual foods, and did not include fiber supplements. This shows that simple changes in your eating habits can increase your chances of staving off diabetes. This fiber can come in the form of nuts, seeds, oatmeal, and vegetables. Also choosing grains with increased fiber and staying away from white flour, processed foods, and sugary sweets will help. So it is true you are what you eat, and eating the right foods to help control diabetes can make a difference.
If you are diabetic, it is important to have your feet checked regularly by a podiatrist. Here at Prairie Path Foot and Ankle Clinic, or doctors will perform a full exam and educate you on how to care for your feet. In addition, we work closely with your primary care doctor, or your endocrinologist (diabetes specialist). If you are in the Elmhurst area, you have access to an award winning and one of the most adanced diabetes centers at Elmhurst Hospital. So don't delay, give our office a call today 630-834-3668.