Healthy Eating

How to Eat Right with Diabetes

Healthy FoodBy Theresa Garnero

There are four specific diet behaviors that have the most influence on improving glucose control:

1. Being consistent with a meal plan;
2. Treating hypoglycemia appropriately;
3. Responding to hyperglycemia (more insulin and/or less food); and
4. Being consistent with an evening snack, if prescribed.

The payoff? By following a meal plan most of the time, you can see a 1% to 2% decline in A1C, a 15 to 25 mg drop in LDL (the "lousy" or bad cholesterol), a decrease in blood pressure, and a 1- to 2-pound weight loss per week. Easier said than done, especially with temptation around every corner. Now you can pull out that healthy eating key for defense.

Have you seen a dietitian recently to help tailor make a meal plan? Depending on your needs, any of the following could be recommended: regulating carbohydrates, reducing saturated fat and/or overall calories, or increasing fiber.

Visit these resources for key information on healthy eating habits:

Food and Nutrition for People with Diabetes

Menu Planning

Dietary Fat and Fat Control

Portion Sizes

Getting Past Roadblocks to Healthy Eating


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Last Modified Date: June 21, 2013

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