Are Diabetic Diets More Effective?

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Diabetic diets are very effective, but it's important to understand the difference between simple and complex sugars before starting a diabetic diet. Incorporate beans, whole wheat grains and brown rice into a low-calorie, low-fat diet with help from a licensed RN in this free video on diabetic diets.

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Hi. My name's Kayti Brosnan. I'm a registered nurse here in Austin Texas and today the question is, "Are diabetic diets more effective?" From my experience as a registered nurse and close to someone who has diabetes, I think that they are very effective and they're something that all of us could adhere to in some way. One of the most important things about taking care of your diabetes is not just avoiding sugars, the obvious sugars. A lot of people do that and they start eating foods that are sugar free, but it's actually hidden somewhere in the carbohydrates. Just because it says sugar-free doesn't mean that is doesn't have sugar. So, the way that the body is breaking down sugars are through carbohydrates and there's two different kinds of carbohydrates. There's simple sugars and there's complex sugars. The simple sugars would be table sugar, white flour, yogurt, honey, molasses, fruit juices. Some of the complex sugars are things that are higher in fiber and they give us more energy because they are released over a longer period of time. Those are beans, oatmeal, whole wheat grains, whole wheat flour, whole wheat pasta, brown rice, and vegetables, essentially. So, in incorporating these things into your diet, as well as a low-calorie and a low-fat diet, you're going to see a decrease in your overall blood sugar because your blood sugar is actually being used more effectively in those periods of meals and in between. So, if you were to ask me whether I think diabetic diets are more effective, the answer is yes.

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