Health Advice



Nutrition News: Managing Diabetes

Charlyn Fargo on

-- Avoid skipping meals. It's best to eat every three to four hours while awake and to try to eat the same amount of carbohydrates for meals and snacks at regular times throughout the day. Skipping meals can make you more hungry, moody and unable to focus. It can also result in overeating at the next meal.

-- Watch portions. One of the keys to good blood sugar control is watching how much you eat. You don't need to cut out carbohydrate-rich foods, but it is important to eat a balance of them spread evenly throughout the day. Check food labels and pay attention to portion sizes and carbohydrate content.

-- Maintain a healthy weight. Losing weight, even a few pounds, can make a big difference in helping bring blood sugars down.

Q and A

Q: Do I need to drink eight glasses of water a day?

A: While eight glasses is a simple number to follow, the recommendations on the amount of water you need in a day have changed and are now based on individual lifestyles. How much water we need depends on our size, body composition and activity level as well as the temperature and humidity of the environment. If you exercise often, live in a hot climate or are pregnant, you'll need to drink more water than you otherwise might. Check the color of your urine -- it should be light in color -- and ask yourself if you're thirsty. Those are good determinants of how hydrated you are. Early signs of dehydration include fatigue, headache and dark urine. Chronic dehydration can cause declines in alertness and ability to concentrate.



When you're not having turkey -- or thinking about fixing it -- here's an easy recipe for those busy days that provides a good source of vitamin D and healthy omega-3 fatty acids. It's from Hy-Vee Seasons magazine.


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