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Why isn't Diabetes Type 2 included as an optional condition (like Coumadin® use or low-sodium) in The Dr. Gourmet Diet Plan?
All of the meal plans are written to conform to the guidelines of the American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association.
The truth is that the same diet that those with heart disease and diabetes follow is the diet we know to be the healthiest. The research for these plans has been based primarily on Mediterranean style diet. This is also the foundation of Dr. Gourmet meal plans.
In essence, everyone should be eating a "diabetic" diet because this is the healthiest way to eat. By choosing to follow the Dr. Gourmet plans, most Type 2 diabetics will be well within the guidelines recommended.
Thanks for writing.
Timothy S. Harlan, MD, FACP