ANCHOR LEAD: HOW IMPORTANT IS WHAT YOU EAT IN MANAGING TYPE 2 DIABETES? ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Consuming foods with a so-called low glycemic index seems to help people with type 2 diabetes control their average blood sugar better, a recent study concluded. Yet Christopher Saudek, a diabetes expert at Johns Hopkins, says this is not the most important factor.
SAUDEK: Most people with type 2 diabetes need to lose weight, and that’s the most effective treatment of all. That requires a low calorie diet. If you can do that that will be very effective, if you add on to that a good understanding of how much carbohydrate you have in your meal and avoiding the concentrated sugars, that will add a lot too. If you then add on a glycemic index calculation on everything you eat then that seems to add slightly more. :30
Saudek also advocates exercise as part of an overall strategy for managing type 2 diabetes. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.