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Adopting a healthy lifestyle can help prevent or delay the onset of diabetes and is critical to managing the disease.
It`s also imperative to normalizing your critical health numbers, including weight, blood sugar, blood pressure, and blood cholesterol.
People living with type 2 diabetes should realize that being overweight or obese makes it difficult to manage the disease.
It also increases the risk for high blood cholesterol and high blood pressure, which are common risk factors for cardiovascular disease —
the leading cause of death among people with diabetes.
Making healthy food choices, including controlling portion sizes and reading food labels,
is an essential step in maintaining a proper body weight and preventing or managing diabetes.
A heart-healthy diet includes foods that are low in fat, cholesterol, and sodium.
Individuals with prediabetes or diabetes have additional food considerations, especially limiting simple carbohydrates.
Simple carbs are found in foods like table sugar, cake, soda, candy, and jellies, and consuming them causes an increase in blood glucose.
With so many food options, it can be difficult realize which ones are healthy. If you have prediabetes or diabetes,
this chart will help you determine the best choices.
Keep a Food and Blood Glucose Log
By writing down what you eat, when you eat it, and how it affects your glucose levels,
you can keep better track of how foods affect your body. Check your blood sugar one hour to one-and-a-half hours
after eating to see how your body reacts to various foods. Download and print this week-at-a-glance tracker to record your
glucose levels or track your glucose online with Heart360. You can even set text reminders and upload your readings straight
from your phone or device.