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Type 2 diabetes, congestive heart failure, and weight loss

My husband has type 2 diabetes as well as congestive heart failure. He is 67.5 years old , is 5'7" and weighs 313 lbs. Is there a place where I can get recipes that deal with all three issues?

Dr. Gourmet Says...

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It is well established that a Mediterranean style diet can help control diabetes. Likewise, this can help lower cholesterol, raise HDL (good) cholesterol, lower LDL (bad) cholesterol and lower blood pressure. For our patients with congestive heart failure (CHF) we generally want them to be on a low sodium diet as well, which limits the patient to 1,500 milligrams per day of sodium.

Check with your husband's physician regarding the number of calories he should be eating along with the amount of sodium. You can then use this link to understand what a healthy diet is and how to make this part of your lives:

Thanks for writing,

Timothy S. Harlan, MD, FACP
Dr. Gourmet