Narrator: This is Science Today. Protein in the diet has been a controversial subject with diabetes because excess protein may increase the risk of kidney disease - the second major cause of death among diabetics. Clinical nutritionist Lisa Scott of the University of California, San Francisco, says there've been some studies suggesting diabetics restrict dietary protein, while others have recommended eating more protein to avoid having too many carbohydrates.
Scott: But there really is no scientific evidence at this time to say that you should restrict or have more protein than what is recommended to all Americans.
Narrator: Scott says with diabetes, keeping track of carbohydrates is an essential part of nutrition therapy.
Scott: Carbohydrates are found in fruit, fruit juices, they're found in milk and yogurt and also starches like bread, cereal, pasta, rice, potatoes. All of those things turn into sugar in your body, which will raise your blood sugar levels.
Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.