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With diabetes, why do I need to be aware of carbohydrate content of food?

You can’t get diabetes from eating too much sugar or other carbohydrates. However, eating too much isn’t good for anyone. Sweets contain lots of carbohydrates and calories, which can lead to excess pounds. Eating too much of anything (including sweets) can lead to obesity—and diabetes.

People without diabetes may not notice the immediate effects of choosing an extra doughnut for breakfast. Their bodies balance the extra carbohydrates by putting out more insulin.

But if you have diabetes, you have to do the balancing act your body used to do for you. You need to make sure that your carbohydrate intake is balanced with your insulin doses, oral medication and physical activity to keep your blood glucose levels on target. And, by eating more nutritious meals, you may improve your overall health and lower your risk for heart disease, some cancers and hypertension.

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