If you have diabetes, the right foods can be an ally in your fight to keep your blood sugar levels in check.
Talk to your doctor, a registered dietitian, or a diabetes educator about how to keep track of how many carbs you eat. That can affect your blood sugar. They may recommend that you use the glycemic index. It ranks how different foods raise your blood sugar. The higher the index, the more it raises your levels.
You know diet is a key part of diabetes care, but what kind of diet?
A recent study found that a low-carb, low-calorie eating plan of about 1,400 calories per day helped control blood sugar better than a low-fat diet with the same number of calories. The low-carb diet, which contained less than 50 grams of carbohydrates per day, also helped raise good cholesterol while lowering bad cholesterol and some other risks for heart disease.
After 6 months, more people on the low-carb diet were able to...