With diabetes, primary care physicians work to understand the patient and the driving influences. Ultimately, we're looking at diet, exercise, and what we can manage from a medical perspective.
The patient's diet may be influenced by cultural or behavioral factors — as in the case of stress eating. It may also be affected by income and access to healthy food options. Additionally, patients may not be familiar with nutritional concepts, such as how food is processed in the body.
As a starting point, we encourage patients to eat better and exercise regularly to control their diabetes with fewer medications.