Jennifer Rooke, MD, MPH, FACOEM, FACPM

Are You Reducing Your Sugar Intake or Cutting Carbs? A Doctor Explains Why You Should Keep Fruit on the Menu

By February 17, 2022

One of my patients – who had been struggling with obesity, uncontrolled diabetes and the cost of her medications – agreed in June 2019 to adopt a more whole-food plant-based diet. Excited by the challenge, she did a remarkable job. She increased her fresh fruit and vegetable intake, stopped eating candy, cookies and cakes, and cut down on foods from animal sources. Over six months, she lost 19 pounds, and her HbA1c – a measure of her average blood sugar – dropped from 11.5% to 7.6%. She was doing so well, I expected that her HbA1c would continue to…

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