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What kind of foods should you eat if you have diabetes?

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To keep your blood glucose at good levels, it's a good idea to have:

Keep a good supply of fast-acting sugars in several places -- such as a backpack, purse, gym locker, and car -- in case of sugar lows. Glucose tablets are easy to carry. Other possible sources include apple or orange juice or regular soda, or hard candies. Chocolate doesn't work as well because it takes longer to digest. If you live with other people, let them know these supplies are not for them to eat.

  • Glucose tablets or other emergency sugar sources
  • Healthy snacks for between meals
  • Low-sugar drinks (including water) to stay hydrated

SOURCES:

Children's Diabetes Foundation at Denver: "Shopping List - Supplies for College or Living on Your Own."

Donald Kain, MA, RD, LD, CDE, outreach coordinator, Harold Schnitzer Diabetes Health Center, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland.

Martha M. Funnell, MS, RN, CDE, research investigator, department of medical education, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor.

American Diabetes Association: "Insulin Storage and Syringe Safety;" "Tips for Emergency Preparedness;" "Skin Care;" "Foot Care;" "Brush and Floss;" and Oral Health and Hygiene: Frequently Asked Questions."

American Diabetes Association Planet D: "Hypoglycemia."

Diabetes Blood Sugar Solutions: "Insulin Pump Supplies."

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 18, 2018

SOURCES:

Children's Diabetes Foundation at Denver: "Shopping List - Supplies for College or Living on Your Own."

Donald Kain, MA, RD, LD, CDE, outreach coordinator, Harold Schnitzer Diabetes Health Center, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland.

Martha M. Funnell, MS, RN, CDE, research investigator, department of medical education, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor.

American Diabetes Association: "Insulin Storage and Syringe Safety;" "Tips for Emergency Preparedness;" "Skin Care;" "Foot Care;" "Brush and Floss;" and Oral Health and Hygiene: Frequently Asked Questions."

American Diabetes Association Planet D: "Hypoglycemia."

Diabetes Blood Sugar Solutions: "Insulin Pump Supplies."

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 18, 2018

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