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Why is a healthy diet important if I have diabetes?

Toby Smithson
Nutrition & Dietetics

A balanced diet that emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, and low fat dairy will keep your blood glucose in check and will prevent acute and chronic complications, such as nerve and kidney damage, as well as heart disease. Moreover, these nutrient dense foods (foods with more vitamins, minerals, and fiber and less calories) have additional health benefits including better weight management and prevention of certain types of cancer.

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