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DiabeticsTips for Healthy Eating,
Diabetes Management and Prevention
Diabetes is a disease in which your body cannot properly store and use food for energy. The fuel that your 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 your blood glucose you will need to eat healthy foods be active and you may need to take pills and/or insulin

Here are some tips to help you until you see a registered dietitian.

Tips Reasons
Eat three meals per day at regular times, and space meals no more than six hours apart. You may benefit from a healthy snack Eating at regular times helps your body control blood glucose levels
Limit sweets such as sugar, regular pop, desserts, candies, jam and honey The more sugar you eat, the higher your blood glucose will be. 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
Eat more high fibre foods (whole grain breads and cereals, lentils, dried beans and peas, brown rice, fruits and vegetables) Foods high in fibre may help you feel full and may lower blood glucose and cholesterol levels
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