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Diabetes - Diet and Weight Control
Please Note: Diabetes is a serious condition. This page offers general information only. For personal advice about your diabetes, please see your doctor or consult the Diabetes Help section, below.
Diabetes Diet - Summary
Eat a Well Balanced Diet with a Variety of Food at Each Meal
Diabetes Eating Habits - Summary
Follow the Food Pyramid Guidelines
Eat a variety of food to get the vitamins and minerals you need.
Limit Your Intake of Fats, Especially Animal Fats
Limit your consumption of dietary fats. Some contain saturated fats and cholesterol that increase your risk of heart disease. Limiting these foods will help you lose weight and keep your blood glucose and blood fats under control.
High Fat Foods
Diabetic Diet Advice - Fats
Limit Your Intake of Sweets
Sweets contain calories and some but not
much nutrition. Limiting these foods will help you lose weight and keep
your blood glucose under control. Sweets include: Regular sodas, ice cream,
cake, cookies, candy.
How can I satisfy my sweet tooth?
It's okay to have sweets once in a while. Try having sugar-free popsicles, diet soda, fat-free ice cream or frozen yogurt, or sugar-free hot cocoa mix.
Diabetic Diet Advice - Sweets
Limit Your Intake of Alcohol
Alcohol has calories but no nutrients. If you drink alcohol on an empty stomach, it can make your blood glucose level too low. Alcohol also can raise your blood fats.
If you want to drink alcohol, talk with your doctor or diabetes teacher about how it fits into your meal plan.
Diabetic Diet - Dairy Foods
Milk and yogurt Milk and yogurt give you energy, protein, fat, calcium, vitamin A, and other vitamins and minerals.
Diabetic Diet - Meat and Meat substitutes
The meat and meat substitutes group includes meat, poultry, eggs, cheese, fish, and tofu. Eat small amounts of some of these foods each day. Meat and meat substitutes help your body build tissue and muscles. They also give your body energy and vitamins and minerals. Examples of meat substitutes include: Eggs, peanut butter, tofu, cheese, soy beans.
Diabetic Diet - Vegetables
Vegetables give you vitamins, minerals, and fiber, with very few calories. If you have more than one serving at a meal, you can choose a few different types of vegetables or have two or three servings of one vegetable.
Diabetic Diet - Fruit
Fruit gives you energy, vitamins, minerals, and fiber.
Diabetic Diet - Starches and Grains
This group includes bread, grains, cereal, pasta, rice, starchy vegetables like corn and potatoes, crackers, yams, lentils, noodles, dried beans, peas, lima beans. They give your body energy, vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Whole grain starches are healthier because they have more vitamins, minerals, and fiber.
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