According to the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, for many people with diabetes, smart eating and active living are enough to control their blood sugar level and prevent the complications of the disease. General healthy eating tips to help manage diabetes include:
Limit foods that are high in added sugar.
Eat smaller portions, spread out over the day.
Make your carbs count by choosing whole grains, fruit and vegetables over sugary drinks and refined, processed foods.
Eat a variety of whole-grain foods, fruits and vegetables every day.
Eat less saturated fat and focus on healthy fat sources such as avocados, olive and canola oil, and nuts.
Limit your consumption of alcohol.
Use less salt.
If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, an RDN (Registered Dietitian) can create a simple eating plan tailored just for you, taking into account your weight, medicines, lifestyle and other health problems. The expert advice of an RDN can help you manage your diabetes while ensuring you get the nutrients your body needs.