How can my eating habits affect my diabetes?

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You can take good care of yourself and your diabetes by learning the following:

What to eat How much to eat When to eat

Making wise food choices can help you with following:

Feel good every day. Lose weight if you need to. Lower your risk for heart disease, stroke, and other problems caused by diabetes. Healthful eating helps keep your blood glucose, also called blood sugar, within your target range. Physical activity and, if needed, diabetes medicines also help. The diabetes target range is the blood glucose level suggested by diabetes experts for good health. You can help prevent health problems by keeping your blood glucose levels on target.

This answer is based on source information from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

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