In part 4 of this Exclusive Interview, Catherine Champagne talks with Diabetes in Control Publisher Steve Freed about her methods for implementing dietary changes.
Catherine M. Champagne, PhD, RDN, LDN, FADA, FAND, FTOS is a professor at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center at Louisiana State University.
Transcript of this video segment:
Freed: So a person comes to your office and you want to talk to them about their nutrition and they’re 25 pounds overweight. They have type 2 diabetes and an A1C of eight point seven. What kind of diet would you recommend?
Champagne: Well the first thing I would do is I would actually get the patient’s diet history. I’d like to know more about them so that I could actually look at what may be problematic in their current eating plan and take care of that without recommending any specific diet necessarily. So I think it’s important to implement small changes and make those sustained over the long period because that’s really the key to implementing change. So one thing that we know is that obviously if you have diabetes, then you need to restrict carbohydrates. Maybe look at what types of carbohydrates they’re eating and maybe change those over to be more complex wholegrain carbohydrates which tend to have less of an impact on blood glucose levels. Usually fruits and vegetables are lacking in many diets. I’m sure you’re well aware of that. I think I would encourage more vegetables than fruit but when encouraging fruit I would encourage whole fruit because if they get a little more fiber and health benefits.