About Eating and Diabetes- What I need to know

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Eating and Diabetes, What You need to Know
Eating and Diabetes, What You need to Know

You can take good care of yourself and your diabetes by learning

  • what to eat
  • how much to eat
  • when to eat

Making wise food choices can help you

  • feel good every day
  • lose weight if you need to
  • lower your risk for heart disease, stroke, and other problems caused by diabetes

Healthful eating, which is part of eating and diabetes, helps keep your blood glucose, also called blood sugar, in your target range.

One thing you need to take note:  Eating can be healthy, but just not work right for a person with diabetes.
An important part of eating and diabetes is having a schedule and sticking to it.  Set up mealtimes, do the planning and the cooking and eating on time.

Physical activity and, if needed, diabetes medicines also help.

The diabetes target range is the blood glucose level suggested by diabetes experts for good health.

You can help prevent health problems by keeping your blood glucose levels on target.    (http://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/health-topics/Diabetes/eating-diabetes/Pages/eating-diabetes.aspx)

Eating and Diabetes how to make sure what you are doing is working .

Ask your doctor how often you should check your blood glucose on your own.

Also ask your doctor for an A1C test at least twice a year.

Your A1C number gives your average blood glucose for the past 3 months. The results from your blood glucose checks and your A1C test will tell you whether your diabetes care plan is working.

How can I keep my blood glucose levels on target?

You can keep your blood glucose levels on target by

  • making wise food choices
  • being physically active
  • taking medicines if needed

For people taking certain diabetes medicines, following a schedule for meals, snacks, and physical activity is best.

However, some diabetes medicines allow for more flexibility.

You’ll work with your health care team to create a diabetes plan that’s best for you.

Drawing of foods for breakfast, lunch, dinner, a morning snack, an afternoon snack, and an evening snack, arranged in a circle around a clock. Breakfast, morning snack, lunch, afternoon snack, dinner, and evening snack are labeled.

Talk with your doctor or diabetes teacher about how many meals and snacks to eat each day. Copy these clocks and Fill in the times for your meals and snacks on these clocks.

Drawing of a blank clock face labeled breakfast, morning snack, lunch, afternoon snack, dinner and evening snack.

It is easier than you think.  4×6 lined card used in recipe boxes work great.   Also find pictures like these, they help.

Eating and Diabetes Need A diet Helper for Eating Right
Eating and Diabetes Need A diet Helper for Eating Right

Make up you file box  with tabs for each meal…like dinner, Evening Snack….and populate it with recipes you find that have the correct amount of calories, protein, carbohydrates and fat.

Makes life simpler and meal planning easy.