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Snapping photos of meals helps control diabetes: Study

Published on Sep 18, 2013 8:13 AM
 
Photography enthusiasts taking photographs of a spread of food on July 28 2012. The popular habit of snapping photos of food has proved helpful in keeping diabetes in check. -- MY FILE PHOTO: JAMIE KOH

The popular habit of snapping photos of food has proved helpful in keeping diabetes in check.

Not only did patients' blood sugar levels improve, they also lost weight in about six months, a National Healthcare Group Polyclinics (NHGP) study has found.

Patients are usually given advice on what and how much to eat. But they may not remember everything, said family physician Darren Seah. For example, how much food constitutes "one portion" may be unclear.

To tackle this problem, doctors asked 38 diabetics to take photos of every meal they ate for three days. The patients then presented the photos at the next check-up, helping dietitians better estimate their diet, said Dr Seah.

 
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