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LPB’s Prescription for Health
LSWI3508 - November 4, 2011
7:09 / 22641

It’s the first Friday of the month and that means Dr. Rani Whitfield is in the studio to discuss important medical news. This month, Dr. Whitfield focuses on diabetes.

|November 2011
Diabetes Awareness Month
1) 26 Million people in the US live with Diabetes
2) 79 Million are at risk
3) Every 17 seconds someone is diagnosed with Diabetes
4) Myths
a. Diabetes is not a serious disease. False – Diabetes causes huge amounts of disability in our country, lost days of work, amputations, kidney disease, heart attacks, and strokes.
b. Sugar causes Diabetes. False – Sugar does not cause diabetes. Diabetes is a hereditary disease. Sugar may exacerbate diabetes.
c. Certain sugars are better than others. False – High fructose corn syrup has not been proven to be worse than sucrose or fructose. Sugars are metabolized the same in the body.
d. Diabetics can’t eat sugar or chocolate. False – In a high fiber, low-fat diet, there may be a place for candy.
e. Artificial sweeteners are dangerous for diabetics. False – Scientific research says this is not true.
f. Diabetics are more likely to get colds and other illnesses. False – having diabetes does not increase your likelihood of getting ill.
Sources of Carbohydrates
Sugar, Fiber and Starches – Whole grains have lower amounts of carbohydrates. Some bread may be processed and dyed. Look for whole grain on the label. Pasta and prepared sauces may have hidden sugars. Even ketchup can be a hidden source of sugar. Read nutritional labels carefully.

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