Simple diet best for diabetics? - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

Simple diet best for diabetics?

July 2, 2003

Albany-- Diabetics have to keep close tabs on what and when they eat. There is not much room for mistakes--a little too much of the wrong thing can cause serious health problems. A new study at Emory shows cutting complex meal plans in favor of a few simple rules is best and diabetics agree.

Broiled chicken, turnip greens, potatoes--Ann Albritten's plate is full with food that's saving her life, "My glucose is under control, I'm fasting at 106 and I'm up to 145 after meals which is what I've been trying to do for 12 years."

What Ann was trying to do for 12 years as a diabetic, she was able to accomplish in about five months. What changed? Her eating habits, "Through diet and exercise. But mostly the diet here." The diet for Palmyra Hospital's Cafeteria Club is simple--low fat, low sugar choices.

Diabetes Educator Tania Earley says, "This is what we use to use, the Exchange System. Everyone gets confused with this, you have different food groups you choose from and you swap different food choices from the groups." Earley says the old Exchange System is complicated and keeping food choices simple is best, "When you ask someone to change their lifestyle the less changes the better."

Ann tried the more complex Exchange System and it didn't work. Since she's been eating with the Cafeteria Club, she knows what a healthy portion size look like, and she knows which foods to eat, "It was serious but I knew if I didn't want to die from it I would have to get control of it, and I didn't want to die so I had to get control." It's a meal that's helping to save her life.

Since she's been eating with the Cafeteria Club, Ann Albritten has been able to eliminate one of her daily insulin shots. You have to get permission from your doctor and an assessment from a dietician before you can participate in the Cafeteria Club at Palmyra Hospital. After that, a meal plan is developed.

Posted at 5:51 p.m. by melissa.kill@walb.com

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • American Red Cross preparedness tips ahead of flash flooding

    American Red Cross preparedness tips ahead of flash flooding

    Sunday, May 27 2018 12:12 AM EDT2018-05-27 04:12:40 GMT
    The American Red Cross said they are prepare before the storms hit. (Source: WALB)The American Red Cross said they are prepare before the storms hit. (Source: WALB)
    The American Red Cross said they are prepare before the storms hit. (Source: WALB)The American Red Cross said they are prepare before the storms hit. (Source: WALB)

    Here in Southwest Georgia the American Red Cross has been working the last couple of days to prepare for the storm.  The American Red Cross has been getting their relief supplies ready across the 19 county region.  

    More >>

    Here in Southwest Georgia the American Red Cross has been working the last couple of days to prepare for the storm.  The American Red Cross has been getting their relief supplies ready across the 19 county region.  

    More >>
  • Albany fraternity chapter holds blood drive for Memorial Day

    Albany fraternity chapter holds blood drive for Memorial Day

    Sunday, May 27 2018 12:04 AM EDT2018-05-27 04:04:00 GMT
    Psi Delta Tau held their first blood drive in Albany Saturday. (Source: WALB)Psi Delta Tau held their first blood drive in Albany Saturday. (Source: WALB)
    Psi Delta Tau held their first blood drive in Albany Saturday. (Source: WALB)Psi Delta Tau held their first blood drive in Albany Saturday. (Source: WALB)

    With Memorial Day around the corner, one Southwest Georgia military fraternity decided to host a blood drive in honor of fallen soldiers and to give back to the community.  Psi Delta Tau Military Fraternity Incorporated held the event at a neighborhood Wal-Mart to help those in need.  

    More >>

    With Memorial Day around the corner, one Southwest Georgia military fraternity decided to host a blood drive in honor of fallen soldiers and to give back to the community.  Psi Delta Tau Military Fraternity Incorporated held the event at a neighborhood Wal-Mart to help those in need.  

    More >>
  • A huge feeding bringing hope to the community

    A huge feeding bringing hope to the community

    Saturday, May 26 2018 11:52 PM EDT2018-05-27 03:52:00 GMT
    St. James Missionary Baptist Church held their 3rd Annual Community BBQ Event on Jackson St. in Albany. (Source: WALB)St. James Missionary Baptist Church held their 3rd Annual Community BBQ Event on Jackson St. in Albany. (Source: WALB)

    The weather didn't stop one Albany church from having a nice southern barbeque.       St. James Missionary Baptist Church held their third annual 'Unity in the Community BBQ event' Saturday.  They gave away hundreds of food and clothing items. 

    More >>

    The weather didn't stop one Albany church from having a nice southern barbeque.       St. James Missionary Baptist Church held their third annual 'Unity in the Community BBQ event' Saturday.  They gave away hundreds of food and clothing items. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly