September 30, 2002
Meal Planning, Food and Diet
Question from Vernal, Utah, USA:
I need to find a specific diet that I can follow for someone with borderline diabetes.
would suggest that you obtain a copy of the Food Guide Pyramid for a good start on healthy eating. You might also consider seeking the advice of a Registered Dietitian who can guide you in the amounts of foods from each of the food groups you should eat.
Without a thorough food history, it is difficult to make diet recommendations. You may be able to achieve your goals by cutting back on foods you eat that are high in fat and sugar and reduce the amount of sugared drinks you are consuming each day. If you need to lose weight, there are several well established and reputable weight control programs you might want to check into as well.
Exercise is another important component of staying healthy. Be sure to check with your physician before starting an exercise program.
[Editor’s comment: Borderline diabetes is not used any longer. According to the American Diabetes Association’s Classification and Diagnosis of Diabetes Guidelines, people in this category are considered to have impaired glucose tolerance or, what has been more recently termed prediabetes. Please review the diagnostic criteria and review them with your physician so that appropriate treatment can be started,