Food Tips to Control Blood Sugar

Consider these tips when choosing foods to control blood sugar!  Controlling blood sugars can delay or prevent diabetes complications.

What, when, and how much you eat affects your blood sugar

  • What - Foods high in simple sugars (candy, soda, juice, etc.) can increase your blood sugar levels.  As whole foods become more processed (juiced, pureed, mashed) blood sugars increase quicker as well.  Each day choose a variety of foods including whole grains, vegetables, fruits, low fat dairy, and lean meat & meat substitutes.  Limit fats and sweets you eat each day.
  • When - The timing of eating a meal is very important to controlling blood sugar.  Eat around the same time each day and do not skip meals or snacks. Why?  The goal is to keep your blood sugars at a healthy level throughout the day.  When you eat a large dinner on one day and a small dinner the next, blood sugars change.   Taking medication and exercising should also be conducted at around the same time each day.
  • How much -   How much you eat depends on your gender (women generally require less calories than men), activity level (physical activity can increase your calorie needs), and whether you are overweight.  If you need to lose weight, you will want to eat less calories to support weight loss.

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