ChefMD® Dr. John La Puma – Culinary Medicine FAQ

Diabetes: Recipes and Tips for Type I & 2

Dear Dr. La Puma,

I have Type 2 Diabetes and my son, age 34, has Type I Diabetes. Can these recipes help his insulin levels, too? He takes two types of insulin.

Hi, I’m Dr. John La Puma. Welcome to the ChefMD® Video Blog from ChefMD®.com and the ChefMD® Question of the Week which comes from Hortensia in El Paso, Texas.

Yes, Hortensia, they can, the recipes can help both of you. The difference in insulin in Type 2 and Type I diabetes is that Type 2 diabetes usually for people who are overweight and older is mostly about insulin resistance. Our insulin level doesn’t work quite as well.

In Type I diabetes, the type your son has, that children sometimes have, there is an insulin deficit. They just don’t have the insulin and that is one of the reasons he has to take insulin.

If you have Type I diabetes or Type 2 diabetes, many people carry around an extra spare tire. The bad news is that a spare tire is not just a spare tire. It actually is organ-like, it makes hormones, visceral fat, tummy fat around your waist makes hormones and the hormones it makes act like insulin in that they hold on to fat.

So, (to manage Type I and Type 2 diabetes) you want recipes and your son does as well, that are 40-45 grams of carb per serving and high fiber. Most of my recipes actually fit that description.

Your snacks need to be not chips and crackers and candy and the like but beautiful things like raspberries which are high fiber and low sugar or nuts I particularly like almonds or walnuts for their Omega 3 fatty acids or a cheese stick or a hardboiled egg with a little protein in it.

The most important thing about keeping your weight consistent, your blood sugar consistent is to eat consistently. Eat regularly throughout the day instead of what many people do – dieting through the week and then overdoing it on the weekend. That will send your blood sugar spinning. And then, finally, two other things:

1. If you drink alcohol, don’t binge on it, don’t drink a lot of it because it can really screw up your blood sugar level.

2. Most processed foods for most people with diabetes ought to be avoided. I am talking about boxed rice, some boxed noodle dishes and most canned soups. Most of those have too much starch in them for diabetes. You want the ones that you can cook yourself from whole foods. In fact, having diabetes is a great excuse to learn just a little bit about how to cook so that you know what is in your dishes and you make it taste the way that you ought to.

You can control it. You are not too old, you are not too sick, you are not stuck – just take the first step. Thanks for coming by the video blog. Come see us at Chefmd.com. Get more healthy, easy, quick recipes. I’m Dr. John La Puma.

This information is (c) John La Puma, MD, 2015, and is educational and not medical advice. All rights reserved.

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