Type 2 diabetes: Commonly asked questions

By author photo Jenny Craig Team

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What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a chronic condition where the body is unable to maintain healthy levels of glucose (sugar) in the blood, and this leads to high blood sugar levels. Glucose or sugars are naturally found in a variety of foods (mainly carbohydrates) and are used as the main energy source for our brain and body. Our bodies use the hormone insulin to move glucose from the blood stream into the cells of our body. For people with type 2 diabetes, they may lack the ability to produce enough insulin, have decreased insulin action, or a combination of both which contributes to their high blood sugar levels. For some people, medication is required to help stablise their blood sugar levels.


How can Jenny Craig help me with my management of type 2 diabetes?

The Jenny Craig program is suitable for people with type 2 diabetes as the menus are kilojoule and portion controlled and contain a balance of all core food groups. Meals and snacks are also spaced out to ensure blood sugar levels are evenly maintained throughout the day. Weight loss has also been shown to improve insulin sensitivity and control of blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes.


What can I do to reverse my diabetes?

While there is no cure for type 2 diabetes, in some cases it can be possible to manage your blood sugar levels without the need for diabetes medication. Ensure you’re maintaining your weight within a healthy range, try to exercise each day and make long term dietary changes that include plenty of high fibre foods, fresh fruit, vegetables, dairy, wholegrains, healthy fats and lean meats.


Do I have to avoid sugar if I have type 2 diabetes?

It’s a common misconception that people with type 2 diabetes need to completely avoid sugar. In fact, sweet treats and dessert can still be included in moderation as part of a healthy balanced meal plan. While it is beneficial to reduce your intake of sugar, if your overall diet is low in added sugar, you can still enjoy a small sweet treat in moderation. Just be mindful of your portion and the amount of other added sugars you have across the day.


Do I need to follow a low carbohydrate diet if I have type 2 diabetes?

It really depends on your personal dietary preferences, as both high carbohydrate diets and low carbohydrate diets can both be effective for weight loss and long-term blood glucose management. You don’t need to cut carbs to effectively manage your blood glucose levels and you can still achieve great results with a moderate carbohydrate intake.

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