Director of Nutrition Services
For individuals living with diabetes, eating right is a part of their life daily. There is often a continual need to watch carbohydrate intake, monitor blood sugar levels and work with prescribed medications to help keep glucose levels balanced. It can almost feel like a full-time job!
When talking with individuals living with diabetes, this lifestyle is the norm. They realize the importance of keeping their blood glucose levels under control for physical and mental reasons. Because it is not a choice to live with this disease, diet and exercise are key components to helping control living with diabetes.
So whether you are a rock star like Bret Michaels (type 1 diabetic), a super parent or a young child – it doesn’t matter — everyone living with diabetes faces many of the same health issues and goals of following a diabetes-friendly lifestyle. Eating on track and staying fit with regular exercise are an important goal to keep focused on.
Sometimes it helps to know that anyone can be affected by diabetes, even rock stars! Bret Michaels, for instance, has had great success keeping his disease under control. Here is how he manages:
For American Diabetes Association spokesperson, Bret Michaels, a lifelong diabetic with a commitment to healthy living, eating right and staying fit on the road are part of his routine. Bret mountain bikes, runs, does sit-ups, plays football, baseball and strength trains when on the road. And given his demanding tour schedule and everyday exercise regimen, Bret needs a nutritious diet that fuels his active lifestyle. To manage his blood sugar, Bret opts for a high-protein, low-carb diet including staples such as turkey, grilled chicken & egg whites. His hard work and healthy attitude have clearly paid off; at 48, Bret is at the top of his game.
Each of us is a star and we need to live to the fullest each day. Diet and exercise simply need to play a larger role when it comes to diabetes. Carbohydrate controlled and balanced meal plans (like our Living with Diabetes Plan) can help control blood sugars and provide the nutrition needed daily. Really this type of diet lifestyle could benefit many of us when it comes to overall health. Even to those who don’t have the disease. Providing a balance of protein, carbohydrates, and fat; spreading out meals and snacks every two to three hours; and including high fiber, unrefined carbohydrate foods really should be included in everyone’s daily plan.