Diabetes is becoming an epidemic in this country and since diet is critical in controlling the disease, some restaurants in San Francisco are starting a trend they hope will catch on everywhere. It's called the Diabetes Society Restaurant Campaign, and it features specific menu items that would help manage blood sugar and be good choices for patrons with diabetes.
"I think it's a darn good idea. There are so many diabetics around and they have troubles with the type of menus here that are too sugary or there are too many calories in it for what they need and this raises the blood sugar level too much." "It's such a growing concern in today's society and especially in the youth. Diabetes is a growing problem and more restaurants should take on the role of being conscious about the nutrition in items they do provide," says Pat McElroy Stumps general manager.
The Diabetes Society hopes the November campaign will inspire menu makeovers at other restaurants. Of course you can't just mark what you think is low in sugar. The campaign requires a registered dietician to give the thumbs up for any item on the menu to be called diabetes friendly dishes. The Diabetes Society estimates this program will reach 250 thousand people in the San Francisco area this month, which happens to be diabetes awareness month.