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Ask a Dietitian

Joyce Tye, RD interacts with employees during a Nutrition Fair (2010).The VA Medical Center dietitians are available to answer your questions. Whether you are a veteran, employee, or just a visitor to our site, we encourage you to submit a nutrition question. We discourage questions regarding personal health problems. If you are a veteran and would like to discuss diet & nutrition in a private setting, we encourage you to make an appointment. This email will be checked regularly, and we will reply to your email as soon as possible.   

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You will also find your question below for others to read, but you will remain anonymous. Please do not use this service in place of individualized counseling and instruction.

Previously asked Questions

I have been told I have diabetes and to avoid sugar, but everything has sugar in it. What can I eat? (submitted by an employee) 

It is true that many foods contain sugar, whether it's natural sugar or added sugar. However, portion size is the most important factor when considering what foods to eat. It is very important that you receive correct information on caring for yourself and living with diabetes. Individual and/or group diabetes classes are available at all clinics. Speak with your primary care provider about this. 

What is HDL cholesterol, and why is it supposed to be high?  (submitted by an employee)

HDL stands for 'high density lipoprotein' and is considered the "good" cholesterol. Having a high HDL has been shown to lower your risk for heart disease and stroke. Exercise is the best way to raise your HDL cholesterol. 

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