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Q:
My Mother has just been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. She has been put on a 1500 calorie a day diet and has been told by a nutritionist that she will never be able to eat Chinese Food, Mexican Food or pasta. Is this true? Or will she be able to eat these foods at times after her blood sugar is under control? She is taking oral medications and in one week her blood sugar has gone from 400 to 123. If you can offer any insight to me it would be greatly appreciated.

A:
Having diabetes is NOT about NEVER having certain foods again; it's more about managing your entire lifestyle differently. Different foods will affect people differently. And of course, it is about amounts. Ideally, no one meal is larger than the next. Checking your blood sugar is certainly a good way to determine how your food is affecting you. The proposed new guidelines are that blood sugar should not be greater than 140 two hours after meals. An active lifestyle certainly helps to maintain more stable sugars. In time, you will come to know foods that affect you more than others. Finding a good support group right now would be very helpful.

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