From North Carolina, USA:
I have a friend with diabetes.
I always thought that if you are a diabetic that you should try not to eat a lot of starches. Is this true? I need any information that you have on starches and diabetes.
You are correct that all carbohydrates (starches and sugars) were limited in the meal plans for those with diabetes, until about 15-20 years ago. Then the meal plans were limited in sugars but starches (such as in cereals, breads, and starchy vegetables) were encouraged. Now however, the meal plan is liberal in starches and allows sugars to be worked in to the meal plan also. It has been found that if carbohydrates are limited, more protein and fats are eaten and this was shown to result in a higher rate of heart disease among those with diabetes. There is also greater compliance with a meal plan that is more like the eating style of the general population.
Original posting 11 Oct 1999
Posted to Meal Planning, Food and Diet
Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:09:06
This Internet site provides information of a general nature and is designed for educational purposes only. If you have any concerns about your own health or the health of your child, you should always consult with a physician or other health care professional.
This site is published by T-1 Today, Inc. (d/b/a Children with Diabetes), a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, which is responsible for its contents. Our mission is to provide education and support to families living with type 1 diabetes.
© Children with Diabetes, Inc. 1995-2017. Comments and Feedback.