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Consumer Health: Following a diabetes diet
Diabetes diet: Create your healthy eating plan
A diabetes diet simply means eating the healthiest foods in moderate amounts and sticking to regular mealtimes. It's a healthy eating plan that's naturally rich in nutrients and low in fat and calories. Key elements are fruits, vegetables and whole grains. A diabetes diet is a healthy eating plan for almost everyone. Here's help getting started.
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Video: How diabetes affects your blood sugar
Your body uses glucose for energy. Glucose metabolism requires insulin, a hormone produced by your pancreas. Watch this video to learn how normal glucose metabolism works and what happens when you have diabetes — a disease where your body can't produce enough insulin or use insulin properly.
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