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10 Diabetes Diet Myths

Myth 9: You Need to Eat Special Diabetic Meals.

The truth is that the foods that are healthy for people with diabetes are also good choices for the rest of your family -- so there’s usually no need to prepare special diabetic meals.

The difference between a diabetes diet and your family's typical diet is that with diabetes, you need to monitor what you eat a little more closely. This includes the total amount of calories and the amounts and types of carbohydrates, fats, and protein you eat. A diabetes educator or dietitian can help you learn how to do this.

Myth 10: Diet Foods Are the Best Choices for Diabetes.

Just because something is labeled a "diet" food doesn’t mean it’s a better choice for people with diabetes. In fact, "diet" foods can be more expensive and no healthier than foods found in the regular sections of the grocery store, or foods you prepare yourself.

Read the labels carefully to find out if the ingredients and number of calories are good choices for you. When in doubt, ask your diabetes educator or a dietitian for advice.

Moving Beyond Diabetes Diet Myths

Now that you know the facts about diabetes diets, you can take steps to learn even more about making wise food choices. Together with exercise and medication, you can use what you eat as an effective tool for keeping your blood sugar levels within normal ranges. That is the best diabetes diet of all.

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Reviewed by Kimball Johnson, MD on June 15, 2012

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If the level is below 70 or you are experiencing symptoms such as shaking, sweating or difficulty thinking, you will need to raise the number immediately. A quick solution is to eat a few pieces of hard candy or 1 tablespoon of sugar or honey. Recheck your numbers again in 15 minutes to see if the number has gone up. If not, repeat the steps above or call your doctor.

People who experience hypoglycemia several times in a week should call their health care provider. It's important to monitor your levels each day so you can make sure your numbers are within the range. If you are pregnant always consult with your health care provider.

Congratulations on taking steps to manage your health.

However, it's important to continue to track your numbers so that you can make lifestyle changes if needed. If you are pregnant always consult with your physician.

Your level is high if this reading was taken before eating. Aim for 70-130 before meals and less than 180 two hours after meals.

Even if your number is high, it's not too late for you to take control of your health and lower your blood sugar.

One of the first steps is to monitor your levels each day. If you are pregnant always consult with your physician.

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