By 2020, 1 in 2 Americans could have diabetes. But there’s good news: what you eat can help prevent and manage diabetes. Eating well and moving more helps prevent the condition — even if your blood glucose level is already in what’s considered to be a “pre–diabetes” range. And if you have diabetes already, eating right is vital if you’re trying to prevent or control diabetes. While exercise is also important, what you eat has the biggest impact when it comes to weight loss. But what does eating right for diabetes mean? You may be surprised to hear that your nutritional needs are virtually the same as everyone else: no special foods or complicated diets are necessary.
A diabetes diet is simply a healthy eating plan that is high in nutrients, low in fat, and moderate in calories. It is a healthy diet for anyone! The only difference is that you need to pay more attention to some of your food choices — most notably the carbohydrates you eat.