Posts Tagged ‘type 2 diabetes’

Type 2 Diabetes Symptoms?

September 14, 2011

Here is a question I recently received from

Diabetes runs in my family and I think this puts me at risk.  Could you tell me what are the symptoms of type 2 diabetes?

Answer:  Having a family history can increase your risk for diabetes.  There are a number of lifestyle choices you can make to reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes.  These include maintaining a healthy weight, eating right, and regular exercise.

Here are some of the symptoms of type 2 diabetes:

  • increased thirst
  • increased urination
  • increased hunger
  • blurred vision
  • weight loss
  • fatigue

Regular check-ups with your doctor important.  Be sure to tell your doctor about your family history and any symptoms you are having.



Sugarless Candy Question

March 30, 2010

Below is a question I received from

My doctor recently diagnosed me with type 2 diabetes.  I know it is important to watch my sugar intake.  Is sugarless candy really sugarless?

Answer:   While sugarless candy will not contain sugar, it may contain carbohydrate.

In the past, when someone was diagnosed with diabetes, they were told they should not eat sugar.  The thinking was that sugar affected blood sugar more than complex carbohydrates (table sugar compared to a slice of bread) .

That thinking has shifted.  Sugar has no greater effect on blood sugar than complex carbohydrates.  All carbohydrates are considered fairly equal as far as affecting blood sugar. 

So, it is important to pay attention to the total carbohydrate you eat instead of sugar.   Focus on whole grains, vegetables, whole fruits, and low fat dairy products as your main sources of carbohydrate.

Carbohydrate & Sugar Question

March 9, 2010

Here is a question I recently received from

I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes last month.  I’m having difficulty understanding how many carbs and sugar I can have each day.  I’m finding that nearly everything contains carbs and sugar!  Can you help me with this?

Answer:  It can certainly be overwhelming when you are first diagnosed.  You might start by asking your doctor to refer to a diabetes education class (usually offered at the local hospital) to help you get started with the basics.

The Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for carbohydrate has been set at 130 grams per day.  The RDA is based on ensuring adequate carbohydrate (glucose) is provided to the central nervous system.  It is a good idea to talk with your doctor or registered dietitian to learn the amount of carbohydrate you should have each day.

It is important to evenly distribute carbohydrate throughout the day instead of having all carbohydrates in one meal.

Focus on total carbohydrate instead of sugar when looking at food labels.  Choose nutrient dense carbohydrates (such as whole grains, whole fruits, low fat dairy products, and whole vegetables) instead of “empty calorie” carbohydrate foods (such as cakes, cookies, etc.).

Those with diabetes need to monitor carbohydrates in their diet.  Pay attention to the amounts of carbohydrates you have throughout the day.  Optimal blood sugar levels can be achieved in part by controlling carbohydrate portions.