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What should I consider before ordering fast food if I have diabetes?

Here are some tips to help you choose well at fast food restaurants if you have diabetes:
  • Know that an average fast-food meal can run as high as 1000 calories or more and raise your blood sugar above your target range.
  • Know the nutritional value of the foods you order. Although there are some good choices, most fast-food items are high in fat and calories.
  • If you're having fast-food for one meal, let your other meals that day contain healthier foods, like fruits and vegetables.
  • Think about how your food will be cooked. Chicken and fish can be good choices -- but not if they are breaded and deep fried.

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