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Diabetes Nutrition

Diabetes is a disease in which the body cannot properly store and use food for energy. The fuel that a body needs is called glucose, a form of sugar. Glucose comes from foods such as fruit, milk, some vegetables, starchy foods and sugar.


To control blood glucose, people with diabetes need to eat nutritious foods, be physically active and may need to take medication and/or insulin. Here are some tips to help people recently diagnosed with diabetes, but they hold true for anyone seeking a healthier lifestyle.

Eat more high fiber, less refined foods. High fiber cereals can provide almost half your required daily intake of fiber. Foods high in fiber may help you feel full and may lower blood glucose and cholesterol levels.

Limit sugars and sweets such as sugar, regular pop, desserts, candies, jam and honey. Large intakes of sugar may cause higher blood glucose. Artificial sweeteners can be useful.

Limit the amount of high fat food you eat such as fried foods, chips, and pastries. High fat foods may cause you to gain weight. A healthy weight helps with blood glucose control and is healthier for your heart.

If you are thirsty, drink water. Drinking regular pop and fruit juice will raise your blood glucose.

Add physical activity to your life. Regular physical activity will improve your blood glucose control.

Diabetic Food Guide Pyramid

Food Guide Pyramid For Diabetics
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Keep the following food breakdown in mind when choosing what your daily menu should include:

Fats, Oils, Sweets, Alcohol:
Use Sparingly

Milk, Yogurt, Cheese:
2-3 servings

Meat, Poultry, Fish, Eggs, Nuts:
2-3 servings

3-5 servings

2-4 servings

Grains, Beans, Starchy Vegetables,
Rice & Pasta:

6+ servings

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