Justin Delgado is husband to Kacie Doyle-Delgado, diagnosed at age 11. After more than a decade together, he considers himself to be an expert carb counter and Dexcom inserter. He graduated with his Master of Science in Finance from the University of Utah in 2013 and has been working in commercial banking since then. He attended his first Friends for Life conference in 2015 and is looking forward to volunteering with the teens.
March 13, 2002
Meal Planning, Food and Diet
Question from DeKalb, Illinois, USA:
My 61 year old mother, who has had type 2 diabetes for about a year and a half, thinks that eating only two fruits a day will keep her blood sugars in check and will help her lose the weight that her doctors are on her back about. Where can I find information about a diet plan for her? I want to help her, but I can't find a website that will lay out a diet plan for a week, just so she can see what kinds of things she should be eating and the quantities that are appropriate.
It is very important that people with type�2 diabetes, like your mother, follow a diabetes meal plan to obtain optimal blood sugar control. Meal planning is the keystone for people with type 2 diabetes. Yes, fruit does raise blood sugar but limiting fruit needlessly is not a good idea also because of all of the vitamins and minerals in fruit. The total carbohydrate in a meal or snack is stressed more nowadays than the source of the carbohydrate.
I would suggest that you and your mother ask the physician in charge of your mother’s health care for a referral to a registered dietitian who specializes in diabetes. He/she can develop an individualized meal plan based on your mother’s eating times and food preferences.
[Editor’s comment: Use the Food Guide Pyramid as a place to start, but please have your mother see a dietitian as Mike has suggested.