Managing diabetes? It’s essential to keep your blood sugar level consistent to avoid the big “ups and downs” that can be dangerous. A registered dietitian (RD) or certified diabetes educator (CDE) can help you make a plan for healthy eating and active living, along with medications, if needed.
When it comes to eating, there’s no single prescription for blood sugar control. What matters is managing your intake of carbohydrate, protein, fat and calories and controlling your weight. Overweight and obesity increase the risk for diabetes and its complications. That said, you don’t have to give up favourite foods; instead keep track of the types of foods you eat and learn how to fit them into your daily meal plan.
Whether you use carbohydrate counting or the Canadian Diabetes Association’s Beyond the Basics choice system, match your eating plan for diabetes management to your food preferences and lifestyle. If you’re overweight, plan for weight loss, too.