Will my diabetes go away if I lose weight?

No. Once diagnosed with Diabetes, it will always be present. However, weight loss is beneficial to help manage Diabetes. Studies have shown that metabolic functions/blood sugars begin to improve with small weight loss changes of 5-7%. It is advised to strive toward healthy body weight with a body mass index below 25.

Do I have to test every day?

Yes. You should test your blood sugars every day. Knowing your blood sugar levels allows you to alter how you are managing your Diabetes if your levels are not near your target blood sugar. Also, regular testing can help reduce your risk of having long-term complications from Diabetes. Studies have shown maintaining near normal blood sugar levels significantly reduces the risk of complications from Diabetes.

Why do I need to take insulin for my Diabetes?

Those who have Type 1 Diabetes and some who have Type 2 Diabetes need to take insulin to help control their blood sugar levels. The goal of taking insulin is to help keep your blood sugar level in a normal range so you will stay healthy and prevent complications of uncontrolled blood sugars. Insulin cannot be taken by mouth; it must be injected using syringes, insulin pens, or an insulin pump.

What are some non-carb snack ideas?

  • Sugar-free jello (0 g carbs)
  • Peanuts in shell (3.6 net carbs per 28 nuts)
  • Sugar-free popsicles (4 carbs per popsicle)
  • Almonds (2.3 net carbs per 24 nuts)
  • Dill Pickles (1 g carb per 3 big slices)
  • Strawberries (raw) (1.7 net carbs per 1/4 cup)
  • Cheddar Cheese (0 net carbs per 1/2 cup)

How do I figure out the amount of carbs in restaurant meals?

When dining out, estimating carbohydrates is based on which foods selected contain carbs and portions given. Often food portions served are excessive. Carbs and calorie intake from meals can be reduced by eating half of the meal served and by saving the remainder for another meal or splitting the meal with a friend.

For specific nutrient/carb information, look at a menu online or refer to www.calorieking.com for specific restaurant nutrient information.

For more information or to make an appointment:

Diabetes and Nutrition Education
Winona Health, Clinic 2nd floor
855 Mankato Avenue
Winona, MN 55987

8 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday–Friday

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