Dr. Jordan Lipton of Signature Healthcare gives his advice to patients living with diabetes.
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Dr. John Lipton: These are the things that don't necessarily apply just to diabetes. You know diabetic who is in good control basically has to do the same thing that everybody else should be doing and that is aerobic exercise 30-45 minutes preferably everybody but at least 5, 4, 5 days a week and as every one knows most people don't do that and obviously the rate of increase of the Type 2 diabetes is reflecting of that. Good healthy diet with you know less in 10% saturated fats very important and of course a good balance you know 30%, 40%, 30%, a well balanced diet like the there is an inverted or there is a food pyramid that almost every body should follow. Diabetics probably should concentrate more on low glycemic index carbohydrates which is it's a -- I believe strongly in them you know that healthy types of sugars in all types of foods, in breads, in vegetables and fruits. Certain vegetables have just as much of a carbohydrate impact as certain candies do. So, if you can minimize those types of breads or those types of vegetables and choose vegetables and breads and fruits with better or with lower glycemic index you can do a lot for weight loss, for diabetes for everything. For people who do have diabetes I will recommend if they check the blood sugar frequently for Type 1 diabetics I recommend checking at least 3 or 4 times a day -- pump I mean I personally check seven times a day, sometimes with anywhere between six and ten times a day and I think that's essential to know what's going on and it takes again used to take a lot of time to do that. It was very inconvenient but nowadays it can be don't in 12 seconds flat. So, there is no even though it's an inconvenience, that is not really a good excuse not to do because its been shown that it will improve your or decrease your chances of developing complications. For Type 2 diabetes it obviously not as important to check that often but I prefer my diabetic patients even once you are stable check it once a day when in their initial in the initial time around the time if they are diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and they are put on medications are they are put into the next such program or whatever I would recommend and say that please check it twice a day to see the response of the medications.