If you have diabetes, you can’t eat sweets, right?

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WRONG AGAIN! Continued from yesterday’s post:

4. High-protein diets are risky for some people with diabetes.

The correct answer is: TRUE

Research shows that people with kidney problems have faster loss of kidney function if they follow a high protein diet.

How much protein is too much? The American Diabetes Association suggests you eat just 15% to 20% of your calories from protein. And do your body a favor: Choose protein such as beans, fish, or chicken more often than fatty red meat. Fatty meat boosts your risk of heart disease.

If you want to lose weight, try a balanced diet that cuts calories by 500 calories a day. You should be able to lose 10% of your body weight without putting your kidneys at risk.

5. Artificial sweeteners are safe alternatives for people with diabetes

The correct answer is: TRUE

With low-calorie sweeteners, you can have sweetness that tastes as good as sugar, without the extra calories.

Artificial sweeteners like saccharin and aspartame have no calories or carbohydrates – so they can be added to your meal plan rather than substituted for other carbs.

In fact, some new sugar substitutes like lactitol are great for baking. They have the same “bulk” that regular sugar has. Yet they have half the calories of sugar, and they don’t raise blood sugar levels rapidly like sugar does.

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After more than a decade in the corporate corporate work, I retired from my corporate career at 33 to focus on family. A change in priorities, and a passion for writing inspired me to start working from home and I am now living my dream as a writer and editor. I write content for clients, blog for businesses and edit manuscripts for publishers/authors. With six blogs of my own and published contributions across the web (The Huffington Post, PTPA, World of Moms, SheKnows), I write to collect smiles and donate to charities. I share stories about all the things I enjoy in life; parenting, mindful living, conversations, coffee, books, food, music, health, DIY, travel, photography and showing my diabetes who’s boss.


  1. monu

    November 21, 2010 at 10:00 am

    any idea whether its ok to have date fruit ? i mean for diabetes patients ? i heard that the sugar in the date fruit is not harmful for diabetes patients. any idea ?

  2. Vidya Sury

    November 21, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    @ Monu – thanks for your comment. Dates are supposed to be high in sugar. Depending on the sugar level, the diabetic’s doctor would recommend a specific meal plan that may or may not include certain foods/fruits/vegetables.

  3. monu

    November 21, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    @ Vidya

    thanks for your reply..

    so you mean, its better that diabetic patients avoid date fruit?..

    the reason i asked is that, here (am in ME) dates are available easily, and one of my friend who is diabetic asked whether its ok to eat it.

  4. Vidya Sury

    November 21, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    Monu, I still think your friend should go by his doctor’s advise, based on his own sugar levels and how he is keeping his diabetes in control. Each diabetic’s reaction to his/her diet is unique. 🙂

  5. monu

    November 22, 2010 at 6:39 am

    Ok vidya

    thanks for your advice 🙂

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