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  • Banana
  • Blueberries
  • Seed and nut mix
  • Cinnamon
  • Buckwheat
  • Black olives
  • Spinach
  • Beet
  • Sauerkraut
  • Shitakes

Nutrition and physical activity are important parts of a healthy lifestyle for people with diabetes. In addition to other benefits, following a healthy eating plan and being physically active can help you keep your blood glucose level in your target range. To manage your blood glucose, you need to balance what you eat and drink with physical activity and diabetes medicines if you use them. What, how much, and when to eat is important for keeping your blood glucose within the limits recommended by your health care team.

Increasing your physical activity and making changes in what you eat and drink may seem hard at first. You may find it easier if you start with small changes and get help from your family, friends, and health care team.

Eating right and being physically active nearly every day of the week can help:

  • Keep your blood glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels in your target range
  • lose weight or maintain a healthy weight
  • prevent or delay diabetes problems
  • feel good and have more energy

The key to diabetes is to eat a variety of healthy foods from all groups, in the amounts set out in your meal plan.