Dispel the no-sugar myth

tip.070.sugarmythThe no-sugar myth is probably one of the biggest misconceptions about diabetes. The reality is that it isn't sugar specifically that raises blood glucose levels – it's any food containing carbohydrates, including honey, fruit, milk, and vegetables. And carbohydrates can be found in all foods that contain starches and/or sugars.

But it is both impossible and unadvisable to completely avoid all carbohydrate-containing foods. Your body needs the important micronutrients and phytochemicals contained in these foods. Talk to your doctor, diabetes educator, or registered dietitian about the dietary plan and carbohydrate intake that's right for you.

Reviewed by Francine Kaufman, MD. 4/08


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by Brenda Bell
As I mentioned in an earlier post, one of the benefits that made it cost-effective for me to go with the real healthcare (HSA) plan rather than the phony (HRA) plan is that my company is now covering "preventative" medicines at $0 copay. The formulary for these, as stated by CVS/Caremark (my pharmacy benefits provider), covers all test strips, lancets, and control solutions. I dutifully get my doctor to write up prescriptions for all of my testing needs, submit...
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