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What vegetables are good for high blood pressure and diabetes when mixed in smoothies?

 

Q. Just bought a magic bullet… I need to learn what veggies to use for my high blood pressure and diabetes…. Can you help me? I want to live healthy now and hope it’s not too late for me…

 

A. It’s never too late to live healthier! All fruits and vegetables contain fiber which is beneficial for reducing high blood pressure and aiding diabetes. The key with fruit and diabetes is moderation. Typically, all fruits can be worked into a meal plan for diabetes, but since they do contain carbohydrates, the portions need to be controlled. Blood sugar responses to different foods vary for everyone and are affected by factors such as medications, composition of a meal, time of day and activities. The fiber in whole fruit may help slow the response to the natural sugar that is in the fruit, but it can be very individual. The American Diabetes Association has some resources for meal planning. However, I strongly suggest that you consult a registered dietitian or certified diabetes educator who can help design an appropriate meal plan based on your medical profile. Your physician may be able to recommend someone, or you can find a registered dietitian at www.eatright.org.

 
 
 
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The Expert: Dr. Elizabeth Pivonka, a mother of two and a registered dietitian, shares years of experience in getting people to eat more fruits and veggies.Read Her Full Bio

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