New tool helps type 2 diabetics figure out what to eat

Figuring out what to eat each day can be one of the main challenges associated with living with type 2 diabetes. Some foods can raise blood sugar to dangerous levels, while others may contribute to weight gain, another risk factor for health complications.

In order to maintain good health a person with type 2 diabetes needs to know exactly what they can and cannot eat at all times. In order to help with this burden, the American Diabetes Association recently released a new tool that provides information on a healthy diet for individuals with the metabolic condition.

MyFoodAdvisor, which can be found on the group's website, provides recipes and other tips for eating a nutritious diet and living an overall healthy lifestyle. Officials from the association said that this can play an important role in an individual's ability to avoid potentially serious health complications.

"Healthy eating recommendations can sometimes be overwhelming," said Elizabeth Mayer-Davis, president of the Association. "'What Can I Eat?' is one of the most common questions asked by those who have diabetes. Patients need a good place to turn to when deciding what to prepare for themselves or their families."

She added that, aside from knowing what to eat, planning ahead is key to managing blood sugar levels for those with type 2 diabetes. Individuals often find themselves away from the house or out with friends or co-workers. In these situations it can be difficult to know what to eat and how to avoid foods that can jeopardize health.

Experts commonly recommend that individuals with type 2 diabetes carry healthy options with them. This may include some fruit or a low-carb snack bar. Furthermore, planning ahead for when food will be available and what type of meals are being offered can help individuals handle social situations more effectively.

Individuals with type 2 diabetes often find that changes to the types of food they are able to eat are among the most challenging aspects of the disease. However, by planning ahead and utilizing available resources, this may come to feel less burdensome.