What fruits can help control diabetes?
Shannon Butler
Nutrition & Dietetics

The kind of fruit you choose to enjoy matters little in terms of blood glucose control. Rather, it is how much fruit you choose to enjoy. Each serving of fruit contains about 15 grams of carbohydrate. For example, a serving would be one small apple, 1/2 cup canned fruit, 1/4 cup dried fruit, or 4 ounces of fruit juice.

It is how you fit fruit into your daily meal plan that will provide the best control. As a general rule, you should get about 3 servings of carb (or 45 grams of carbohydrate) at each meal. This carb number may be more or less depending on your weight goals and drug regimen.

Fruit is a source of carbohydrate so it will affect your blood glucose; the trick is to eat it in moderation.

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Diabetes mellitus (MEL-ih-tus), often referred to as diabetes, is characterized by high blood glucose (sugar) levels that result from the body’s inability to produce enough insulin and/or effectively utilize the insulin. Diabetes ...

is a serious, life-long condition and the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Diabetes is a disorder of metabolism (the body's way of digesting food and converting it into energy). There are three forms of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that accounts for five- to 10-percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes may account for 90- to 95-percent of all diagnosed cases. The third type of diabetes occurs in pregnancy and is referred to as gestational diabetes. Left untreated, gestational diabetes can cause health issues for pregnant women and their babies. People with diabetes can take preventive steps to control this disease and decrease the risk of further complications.

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