How to Control Your Diabetes @ KCMH

Diabetes is a common disease, yet every individual needs unique care. We encourage people with diabetes and their families to learn as much as possible about the latest medical therapies and approaches, as well as healthy lifestyle choices. Good communication with a team of experts can help you feel in control and respond to changing needs.

How to Control Diabetes -

Diabetes is a International disease and there are lots of treatment but you can only control it by changing your daily routine as well as eating with a proper way.

Five Key Point to Control Your Diabetes

Weight loss is your #1 goal. Even a 5% reduction in weight can change the way your body uses its own insulin and responds to the foods you eat. So, if weight loss is your goal, vegetables, beans, and fruits are the foods that are best going to help you reach that goal. Choosing these low-calorie-dense, fiber-rich foods more often will help keep hunger at bay with a lower caloric cost, and they’ll help you lose weight without having to count calories.


Our Pritikin doctors and dietitians want you to eat fruit (remember, fruits are low-calorie, nutrient-rich foods that will help you lose weight). Our only recommendation is that you combine your fruit with something else. For example, in the morning add some berries to your oatmeal. In the afternoon, pair a piece of fruit with a cup of bean soup or veggie sticks. After dinner, make fruit your dessert. These “extra” foods add extra fiber, which can help stabilize blood sugar after a meal. (You may have heard this same advice regarding protein, but fiber works better for weight control. Fiber also lowers your cholesterol levels, while most high-protein foods increase cholesterol levels due to their saturated fat and cholesterol content.)


Be sure to start each day with breakfast (oatmeal or another type of cooked whole grain cereal is our star choice), and continue the day listening to your hunger and satiety cues. Only eat snacks (healthy Pritikin choices like nonfat, sugar-free yogurt and berries, bean-rich soups, baked potatoes, and fresh veggies) if you are really hungry for them, and be sure to fill your plates at lunch and dinner with low-calorie-dense foods like big veggie salads, vegetable entrees, beans and lentils, and starches like yams and baked potatoes, and water-rich whole grains like whole-wheat pasta, brown rice, quinoa, and barley. To keep your cholesterol in good shape (a very important goal because having diabetes dramatically increases the risk of heart attacks and other cardiovascular events), keep your animal protein intake in good shape – no more than 4 ounces daily of lean animal protein like seafood, white skinless poultry, or lean game meat like bison.


At the Pritikin Longevity Center, our guests with diabetes often see improved morning blood sugar numbers based on their choices at dinner the night before. Choosing fruit over other dessert items and doing something physical (such as walking for 10 to 15 minutes after dinner) can really help lower your blood sugar numbers the following morning.


At Pritikin, we counsel our guests that blood sugars will not drop to normal levels overnight. The good news, we have observed for the past 35 years, is that as weight drops and fitness levels improve, so does insulin sensitivity. What’s most important is how these numbers trend over time, rather than what they do after your first few days on the Pritikin Program. If you’re starting the Pritikin Program at home (not at the Pritikin Longevity Center), do keep in close touch with your endocrinologist. There is an excellent chance he or she will need to make dramatic adjustments (reductions) to your medication needs, the result of the dramatic drops in blood sugar you will likely be experiencing on the Pritikin Program. It’s vital your pill dosages are monitored closely to ward off rapidly descending blood sugar and the potential for hypoglycemia.

FAQ @ Diabetes & Treatment

Diabetes, often referred to by doctors as diabetes mellitus, describes a group of metabolic diseases in which the person has high blood glucose (blood sugar), either because insulin production is inadequate, or because the body's cells do not respond properly to insulin, or both. Patients with high blood sugar will typically experience polyuria (frequent urination), they will become increasingly thirsty (polydipsia) and hungry (polyphagia).

Diabetes (otherwise known as diabetes mellitus, DM) is described as a metabolic disorder in which your body cannot properly store and use fuel for energy.
The fuel that your body needs is called glucose (sugar). Glucose comes from foods such as breads, cereals, pasta, rice, potatoes, fruits and some vegetables and is also made in your liver and muscles. Your blood carries glucose to all of your body's cells to use for energy.
To use glucose, your body needs insulin. Insulin is the hormone made by a gland in your body called the pancreas. Insulin regulates blood glucose by stimulating the removal of glucose from the blood and its uptake into muscle, liver and fat cells where it can be stored for energy.
Sometimes your body does not make enough insulin or the insulin does not work the way it should. Glucose then stays in your blood and does not reach your cells. Your blood glucose levels get too high (hyperglycemia) and can cause diabetes or prediabetes. Prediabetes is when blood glucose levels are higher than normal but not high enough for a diagnosis of diabetes.

The major goal in treating diabetes is to minimize any elevation of blood sugar (glucose) without causing abnormally low levels of blood sugar. Type 1 diabetes is treated with insulin, exercise, and a diabetic diet. Type 2 diabetes is treated first with weight reduction, a diabetic diet, and exercise. When these measures fail to control the elevated blood sugars, oral medications are used. If oral medications are still insufficient, treatment with insulin is considered.