Diabetic Diet

New diet program showing positive results for diabetics

May 16, 2018 - 3:00 am

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By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- One of the best ways to treat diabetes is to provide patients with a consistent and healthy diet. But healthy diets can be quite expensive. 

A new program at Geisinger Health System in central Pennsylvania is working with type 2 diabetes patients to give them healthy food at no charge -- and the results are dramatic. 

They have found that those who are given easy access to a healthy diet and maintained a healthy diet have hemoglobin A1Cs that improve. 

The hemoglobin A1C is a blood test which looks at blood sugar in the body and is a great tool to measure if diabetics are improving or worsening. 

Geisinger says they're successful because they have a partnership with food banks and they have found the cost is inexpensive when compared with the cost of medications.