A CDE is a Certified Diabetes Educator and is a health professional that has extensive knowledge and experience with prediabetes, diabetes prevention, and management. They help to educate and support those with diabetes to help them learn more and better understand what having diabetes really means.
How do They Help?
An RD or CDE is able to help you choose nutritious foods and help maintain and control portion sizes to aid in keeping blood sugar levels stable. A registered dietician, also known as an RD, provides nutritional therapy so you can better manage the disease while also being sure that you are still receiving all the essential nutrients you need in your daily diet.
What to Avoid
If you have diabetes, then there are going to be several different foods, especially carbs, that you should avoid. If your diabetes is not treated and controlled, then you may face a series of other problems including heart disease, kidney disease, and even blindness.
Carbs typically include starches, sugars, and fiber. Of these carbs, fiber is the only one that isn’t digested and absorbed by the body like starches and sugar which means that fiber will not raise your blood sugar.
- Sweet Beverages should be avoided because they are extremely high in carbs and are packed full of fructose. Fructose can even lead to insulin resistance and may even increase your chances of other diabetes related problems.
- Trans fats found in foods like peanut butter and frozen dinners are best to avoid as well. They will not raise blood sugar levels but can lead to increased inflammation and insulin resistance
- White breads, pastas, and rice can also increase blood sugar levels, and they contain only small amounts of fiber, so they will also slow down the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream
For more information on what foods to avoid, a nutrition counselor or dietician will be able to help. It is also good to introduce more exercise into your routine, whether it is with a personal trainer one on one or even small group training with others.
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