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The information posted below is in no way intended to replace professional medical advice.  Diabetes care is specific and the information below may not apply to you.  People posting to this list likely have diabetes, but probably do not have a medical background.  Always speak with your healthcare team prior to making any changes regarding diabetes treatment.

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In this issue:
1. What exactly are lifestyle changes for pre-diabetes?

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From: "Dennis"
To: "Christine, GlucoMenu Nutrition Director"
Subject: "lifestyle changes"

[Dennis] I'm having trouble with the near absence of specificity in all of the literature I'm reading about adult onset and diabetes in general. Everywhere I look I see recommendations for "lifestyle changes" and "low fat, reduced calorie" dieting. This seems like a one-size-fits all prescription for any complaint. It almost feels like no one speaking or writing about diabetes wants to be pinned down about the specifics. It is a sweeping set of generalities I hear again and again.

Where do I go to find out exactly what those lifestyle changes should be and what foods, amounts, etc are best to prevent the onset of Type 2.

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From: Christine Carlson
To: Dennis
Subject: "lifestyle changes"

Hello Dennis,

Diabetes care is specific to each individual which is probably why you are finding more general guidelines than specifics. The best recommendations you can get are from your healthcare team because they are familiar with your specific health needs.

A few links you might look at are:

http://www.diabetes.org/nutrition-and-recipes/nutrition/overview.jsp

http://diabetes.niddk.nih.gov/dm/pubs/preventionprogram/

In short, these organizations indicate maintaining a healthy body weight, regular exercise, following a healthy diet, and staying in contact with your doctor seem to be the best approach in reducing risk for diabetes or delaying onset for diabetes.

Thank you,

Christine Carlson, MS, RD, BC-ADM, CDE
GlucoMenu Nutrition Director
(Seattle, WA)

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From: Dennis
To: Christine
Subject: "lifestyle changes"

Now, THESE are more specific. Thanks. You are my hero!

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