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- Aug 24 2017
The Diabetes diet - Type 2
The American Diabetes Association and the American Dietetic Association have developed specific dietary guidelines for people with diabetes. This article focuses on diet recommendations for people with type 2 diabetes.
If you have type 2 diabetes, your main focus is often on weight control. Most people with this disease are overweight.
You can improve blood sugar (glucose) levels by following a meal plan that has:
- Fewer calories
- An even amount of carbohydrates (30 - 45 grams per meal)
- Healthy monounsaturated fats
Examples of foods that are high in monounsaturated fats include peanut or almond butter, almonds, and walnuts. You can substitute these foods for carbohydrates, but keep portions small because these foods are high in calories. Learn how to read nutrition labels to help you make better food choices.
Often, you can improve type 2 diabetes control by losing weight (about 10 pounds) and increasing physical activity (for example, 30 minutes of walking per day). In addition to making lifestyle changes, some people will need to take pills or insulin injections to control their blood sugar.
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