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I have just been diagnosed as prediabetic. What kinds of food

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I have just been diagnosed as prediabetic. What kinds of food can I eat. I am already restricted in my food selection because I have no colon.

Dr. D.J. :

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Dr. D.J. :

Hi there,


This is Dr. D.J., experienced Internal Medicine Specialist.


I am here to address your concerns and provide great service.

Dr. D.J. :

You should follow the below mentioned diet principles:

Dr. D.J. :

· Healthy carbohydrates. During digestion, sugars (simple carbohydrates) and starches (complex carbohydrates) break down into blood glucose. Focus on the healthiest carbohydrates, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes (beans, peas and lentils) and low-fat dairy products.


· Fiber-rich foods. Dietary fiber includes all parts of plant foods that your body can't digest or absorb. Fiber can decrease the risk of heart disease and help control blood sugar levels. Foods high in fiber include vegetables, fruits, nuts, legumes (beans, peas and lentils), whole-wheat flour and wheat bran.


· Heart-healthy fish. Eat heart-healthy fish at least twice a week. Fish can be a good alternative to high-fat meats. Cod, tuna and halibut, for example, have less total fat, saturated fat and cholesterol than do meat and poultry. Fish such as salmon, mackerel and herring are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which promote heart health by lowering blood fats called triglycerides. However, avoid fried fish and fish with high levels of mercury, such as tilefish, swordfish and king mackerel.


· 'Good' fats. Foods containing monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats — such as avocados, almonds, pecans, walnuts, olives, and canola, olive and peanut oils — can help lower your cholesterol levels. Eat them sparingly, however, as all fats are high in calories.

Dr. D.J. :

You can also try this website for individualized menu planning:

Customer:

I am a J pouch patient because I have no colon. I cannot eat fruits except applesauce, no veggies because of the texture, nothing with citrus or acid, no spices, etc. I recently had all my teeth pulled and have had my new dentures for 2 weeks so all I am able to get down is soft foods, mashed potatoes, cottage cheese, applesauce, puddings and ice cream. Now with this diagnose I am restricted even further.

Dr. D.J. :

correct.

Dr. D.J. :

you can continue with the same restriction but reduced portion size.

Dr. D.J. :

Avoid ice cream, desserts.

Dr. D.J. :

You can try chicken noodle soup.

Dr. D.J. :

Brown rice, whole wheat pasta will be ok.

Dr. D.J. :

cooked vegetables should be tolerable.

Dr. D.J. :

But they need to be well cooked to be soft.

Customer:

I can't think of anything more boring than living on mashed potatoes, applesauce and cottage cheese.

Dr. D.J. :

you can have well cooked lentils.

Dr. D.J. :

also brown rice, pasta.

Dr. D.J. :

and tender fish meat.

Dr. D.J. :

tofu

Dr. D.J. :

just cutting down on ice cream should help a lot.

Dr. D.J. :

check your blood sugar at home regularly.

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