Nutrition and exercise are crucial in managing your Diabetes!
- heart and circulation problems
- kidney disease
- eye problems, which can lead to blindness
- nerve damage to the lower limbs and other parts of the body
To manage your blood glucose levels, you need to balance what you eat and drink with physical activity. What you choose to eat, how much you eat, and when you eat are all important in keeping your blood glucose level in normal range.
Becoming more active and making changes in what you eat and drink can seem challenging at first, or you may worry that having diabetes means going without foods you enjoy. The good news is that a proper meal plan is a guide that tells you how much and what kinds of food you can choose to eat at meals and snack times. The right meal plan will help you improve your blood glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol numbers and also help keep your weight on track. You can still eat your favorite foods, but you might need to eat smaller portions or enjoy them less often. Your meals do not need to be complicated.