There are four things you need to do every day to lower high blood sugar:
1. Eat healthy food
2. Get regular exercise
3. Take your diabetes medicine
4. Test your blood sugar
If you have diabetes, you should try to keep your blood sugar level as close as possible to that of someone who doesn’t have diabetes. This may not be possible or right for everyone. Check with your doctor about what the right range of blood sugar is for you.
You will get plenty of help in learning how to do this from your health care team, which is made up of your doctor, nurses, and dietitian.
Eat Healthy Food
The foods on your diabetes eating plan are the same ones that are good for everyone. Try to stick to things that are low in fat, salt, and sugar and high in fiber, like beans, fruits, vegetables, and grains.
Eating right will help you:
- Keep your blood sugar in a good range
- Prevent heart and blood vessel disease
Ask your doctor for the name of a dietitian who can work with you on an eating plan for you and your family.