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DIABETES

Marion County Public Health Department – Nutrition Services

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Diabetes is a disease that requires lifestyle changes including eating healthful
meals and daily physical activity. Make sure you visit your health care provider to
manage your disease with proper testing and to learn more about how to live with
your disease.

TIPS FOR LIVING WITH DIABETES

Drink plenty of water
• It’s very important to stay hydrated, but skip the
added flavor and sugar. High blood glucose levels
can lead to a decrease in overall fluid levels in your
body. To make up for this, drink water throughout
the day and refill your cup or bottle when empty.
• Tip – if you have a high blood sugar reading,
drinking water will help to reduce your blood sugar
reading right away.
Choose lean meats when possible
• Skip the fried stuff and opt for grilled, roasted or
baked chicken, turkey or fish when you can.
Go all out with produce
• Try to include veggies (fresh, frozen, and canned
count!) with every meal and snack.
• Fill half of your plate with veggies at mealtime.
• To reduce sodium and sugar in canned fruits and veggies, drain and rinse the
can of any liquid.
Don’t skimp on snacks
• Eat small, balanced meals and snacks throughout the day to help maintain
normal blood sugar levels.
• An example of a balanced snack – applesauce with a handful of nuts
Self Management
• Get a glucometer at a local drug store or look
for a health fair or health care provider that may
have this tool available at no cost.
• Remember to get in the habit of checking your
blood sugar throughout the day, and notice how
your body reacts to certain foods or periods
without food.
Get moving!
• Take a walk, use the stairs, play sports with friends or family…do something you
love! Moving your body throughout the day is key to managing your diabetes.