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ADA Food Guideline debunks One Size Fits All Diet Mindset

With the development of its first food guideline, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) warned patients from subscribing to extreme fad diets, reiterating the fact that there’s no “one size fits all” approach in meal planning, especially among diabetics.

ADA takes into consideration a diabetic’s specific medical condition in order to come up with a more appropriate meal plan. The food guideline states that meal planning should be different for specific medical conditions, pregnant mothers and elderly patients. On the same note, there’s also a distinction in the recommended diet between someone who wants to prevent the onset of diabetes and another who is already dealing with diabetes. Patients who want to keep away from diabetes complications are also subject to another meal plan.

For instance, those who are still on the verge of developing the disease should up their consumption of food which are good sources of fiber and other nutrients.

“Medical nutrition therapy should be tailored to a person’s specific health issues and personal preferences to help maintain optimum health,” Dr. Ann Albright, head of ADA’s Health Care and Education department, was quoted as saying in the study. These diets only provide short-term solutions while sound nutritional advice will go a long way, Dr. Albright added.

Though ADA recommends proper and ‘personalized’ diet and meal plan, they also have general guidelines for all diabetics regardless of medical conditions: stay away from fatty food and extreme diets no matter how popular and seemingly effective they are.

There had been a parallel ADA statement on nutrition in the past but the food guideline is the latest and improved version of the reports published before as it incorporates newest medical researches.

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