It is estimated that 30.3 million people in the United States are living
with diabetes. Of those affected, over two million are currently suffering
from a diabetic foot ulcer. Proper nutrition plays an important role in
managing both type 1 and type 2 diabetes as well as the associated comorbidities.
“Sometimes people can have difficulty knowing what they should and
should not eat for proper nutrition, especially if they are affected by
diabetes,” says D. Scott Covington, MD, FACS, CHWS, executive vice
president, provider education and engagement for Healogics. He also says.
“People with diabetes should be aware of what they are eating at
all times, as well as how food may affect their diabetes.” In recognition
of Nutrition Awareness Month, the Methodist Hospital
Advanced Wound Healing Center, a member of the Healogics network, explains some key aspects of nutrition.
What to eat
A key to good nutrition is knowing what to eat and what not to eat. Fruit,
non-starchy vegetables and fat-free dairy have a low glycemic index and
provide key nutrients.
There are three types of carbohydrates: starches, sugars and fiber. A
proper amount of carbohydrates can be good for anyone’s diet, but
people with diabetes need to be especially careful with carb-intake.
In addition to eating healthy, it is also important to live an active
lifestyle if you have diabetes. Regular activity can help lower blood
glucose. When you’re active, your cells become more sensitive to
insulin so it can work more effectively.
With diabetes being one of the leading causes of chronic wounds, it is
important that diabetics understand some of the key aspects of nutrition.
Eating the right foods can help a wound heal.
For more information about living a healthy life with diabetes and how
to prevent non-healing wounds, contact the Advanced Wound Healing Center
at Methodist Hospital at 270-631-2399.