Is there a special diet for people with diabetes that I need to follow? I’m new to diabetes and am trying to learn as much as I can. As far as food goes, I’ve been trying to avoid foods that contain sugar, but I don’t know how much sugar I should have. And I was told to be careful about how much carbohydrate I eat... So now I’m confused about what I can eat!
When you are first diagnosed with diabetes, cutting down on sweets and sugary drinks, such as soda or juice is a good first step. That’s because these foods and drinks are high in carbohydrate (carb), a nutrient that can raise your blood glucose if you eat or drink too much of it. But you don’t need to avoid sugar altogether. It’s more important to count and control the amount of carb that you eat. Sugar is actually a type of carb. Carb is found in many foods, such as bread, pasta, cereal, rice, beans, potatoes, fruit, milk, yogurt and desserts. It’s not that you can’t eat these foods, because, for the most part, these foods are healthy and provide important nutrients. It’s more that you need to know how much of these foods you can eat to manage your blood glucose and your weight. For this reason, you should meet with a registered dietitian to create a meal plan that fits your lifestyle and food preferences, and helps you manage your blood glucose. Until you see a dietitian, watch your portions of all foods, try not to skip meals, and eat your meals and snacks at about the same times each day.