How to control your diabetes the right way

More than 29 million Americans live with diabetes and controlling it takes a complete lifestyle commitment.

But doctors are warning when you go online, avoid fads and myths promising an easier way to control diabetes.

Jim Meoak works with a dietician to learn how different foods affect his blood sugar.

He relies on advice from experts to control his diabetes, but when he was diagnosed, the endless list of products, diets, and even pills promising to control his condition were overwhelming. :

"Like everybody else, I Googled all the things I could to find out what to do," he said.

Elizabeth Snyder is a certified diabetes educator at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. She has seen patients who've tried fads as farfetched as herbal cleanses, putting cinnamon on their eggs and cutting out all white foods.

But she says the fact is that there is no magic cure for diabetes.

"There's these funky, wacko things that are short-lived, or are very challenging to keep up with," she said.

Snyder says the only pills you should take are the ones prescribed by your doctor, and that the best way to control diabetes is with exercise and a balanced diet.

But that means learning about what is actually healthy, because products that use buzzwords like "sugar-free" or "made with whole grains" aren't always a good choice. So you have to turn the package over and know how to read the label.

"A lot of people think that the sugar on the label equates to blood sugar, but that's not true. It's going to be anything that's starch or carbohydrate, including sugar," Snyder said.

For his meals, Meoak aims for a lean protein a non-starchy vegetable and a carb like fruit or whole grains.

The doctor says the two most important things when reading labels are serving size and total carbohydrate count.

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