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Study suggests type 2 diabetics eat poorly

Winston-Salem, N.C. -- A study of people with type 2 diabetes suggests many of them would benefit from dietary counseling, researchers in North Carolina said.

"The most important thing about controlling diabetes, especially type 2 diabetes, is being able to manage energy in and energy out, and the best way to do that is through diet," said Mara Vitolins, lead author of the study at Wake Forest University School of Medicine.

In a study of 2,575 type 2 diabetics though out the United States, Vitolins and her team found 93 percent exceeded the recommended percentage of daily calories from fat, 85 percent exceeded the saturated fat recommendation and 92 percent consumed too much sodium.

Less than half of those in the study met the minimum recommended daily servings of fruits, vegetables, dairy products and grains based on the year 2000 U.S. Food Guide Pyramid recommendations, Vitolins said.

"It's important that people with type 2 diabetes follow the recommendations," she said. "They can't afford to let their pyramids fall."

Copyright 2009 by United Press International.

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