No single diet will work for all diabetics

Nanci Hellmich
USA Today

Paula Deen, the queen of Southern cuisine, created a hoopla last month when she revealed that she has type 2 diabetes and has known about it for three years.

Some people were troubled that even after she was diagnosed, she continued to cook high-fat, high-sugar, high-calorie recipes on her TV show — foods that people with the disease are advised to consume infrequently. Deen said she eats such foods only in moderation.

Meanwhile, Alec Baldwin told Entertainment Tonight he lost 30 pounds since being diagnosed with prediabetes in May. He says he gave up sugar, which was a real “killer” for him.

So what’s the best diet for people with diabetes? There is no one diet, whether it’s a Mediterranean, low-carb or low-fat diet, that is consistently better at helping people manage diabetes, says Stephanie Dunbar, director of nutrition and medical affairs for the American Diabetes Association. She is one of the authors of a new review of the research on diabetes diets published in February’s Diabetes Care.

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