Healthy Eating Habits

Healthy Eating Habits

Healthy Eating Habits

Often when people are diagnosed with diabetes, they get sad because they think “Now I can never eat chocolate cake again.” But that’s not what we’re recommending these days for people with diabetes. A healthy diet for someone with diabetes is the same as a healthy diet for any of us. All of us should make healthy food choices as much as possible and try to avoid the less healthy food choices. We should try to eat apples instead of apple pie. But that doesn’t mean that when you visit your grandmother and she made her famous apple pie that you can’t have it once. You just try to choose the healthy more often and the unhealthy less often. We don’t focus on particular foods – there are no foods you can’t eat and there are no foods that you should be eating. We want people to overall have a healthy pattern of eating and healthy habits in general. Specific food changes are not as important.

Doctor Profile

Merri Pendergrass, MD


Board Certified Endocrinologist
Professor of Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine
Director of the Adult Diabetes Program

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