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How can I make sure I have a balanced diet if I have diabetes?

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Try to stay away from refined sugar (found in candy, sweets, and packaged foods) and keep these tips in mind: 

  • Fill 1/2 of your plate with non-starchy vegetables like broccoli, greens, or carrots.
  • Fill 1/4 of your plate with whole grains or starchy vegetables like whole wheat noodles, brown rice, or sweet potatoes.
  • Fill 1/4 of your plate with proteins like meat, eggs, or fish.

SOURCES:

Chau, D. , 2001. Clinical Diabetes

American Diabetes Association: “Diabetes 101.”

American Diabetes Association: “Living Healthy With Diabetes.”

American Diabetes Association: “Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD).”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Diabetes: What You Need to Know As You Age.”

American Geriatrics Society's Health in Aging Foundation: “Diabetes.”

The Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation: “Low Blood Sugar May Trigger Dementia in Those With Diabetes.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Tips for Older Adults With Diabetes.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Five Best Exercises for People With Diabetes.”

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 18, 2018

SOURCES:

Chau, D. , 2001. Clinical Diabetes

American Diabetes Association: “Diabetes 101.”

American Diabetes Association: “Living Healthy With Diabetes.”

American Diabetes Association: “Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD).”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Diabetes: What You Need to Know As You Age.”

American Geriatrics Society's Health in Aging Foundation: “Diabetes.”

The Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation: “Low Blood Sugar May Trigger Dementia in Those With Diabetes.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Tips for Older Adults With Diabetes.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Five Best Exercises for People With Diabetes.”

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 18, 2018

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