DEAR DOCTOR K: I have Type 2 diabetes. Many low-carb and sugar-free products contain "sugar alcohols." What are they? Do they count as carbohydrates?
DEAR READER: Type 2 diabetes is marked by elevated levels of blood glucose, or sugar. Untreated or poorly controlled diabetes can lead to serious complications including heart attacks, kidney failure, amputation and blindness. An important part of controlling blood sugar involves making healthy food choices.