Why Healthy Eating Matters
Healthy eating can help you control your blood sugar. This is one of the most important things you can do to help manage your diabetes. With a little help from your diabetes care team and some easy-to-make recipes, managing your diabetes can taste good too. Your healthy eating plan can include a lot of the foods you love, made in new ways.
To help you reach your blood sugar goals, foods can be made in smaller portions with:
- less sugar
- less fat
- less salt
Healthy eating can:
1. Help you improve your health
By following a healthy eating plan, you can help improve your health. And healthy eating, as part of your overall diabetes management plan, can help keep your blood sugar in your target range.
2. Help you avoid high and low blood sugar levels
Following a meal plan that makes sure you get the right food groups in the right amounts can help manage blood sugar levels.
Over time, blood sugar levels that are too high (hyperglycemia) can cause problems. And blood sugar levels that are too low (hypoglycemia) can make you feel dizzy, weak, irritable, shaky, and sweaty. Following your meal plan can help you avoid both of these.
3. Help you maintain a healthy weight
As you work with your diabetes care team, you will feel more and more able to make healthy food choices.
Ask your health care provider about a healthy range for your weight. Working toward this goal can also help you manage your blood sugar.