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Nutrition Matters

Nutrition is important for everyone, but it’s especially critical for people living with type 2 diabetes.

Nutrition and
Type 2 Diabetes

To understand type 2 diabetes, you must first understand insulin. A hormone produced by the pancreas, insulin helps control glucose (or sugar) levels in the blood.

You probably know type 2 diabetes is a condition in which the body doesn’t produce any or enough insulin or can’t properly use the insulin it produces. Over time, high blood sugar levels can cause major health problems, such as damage to organs, blood vessels, and nerves.

Healthy eating is an important part of the type 2 diabetes treatment plan – to help balance blood sugar levels and manage health-related risks.

But rest assured: Healthy eating doesn’t require a complete diet overhaul, nor does it mean compromising flavourful, delicious cuisine. In fact, simple food swaps can make your favourite dishes “diabetes-friendly”. And other small dietary shifts can – in time – help improve your overall health.

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Counting Carbs

Understanding carbohydrates – and how to track them – is an important part of diabetes management.

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Glycemic Index

This widely used system guides food selection to help balance blood sugar.

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Healthy Choices Checklist

There are some basic rules
for healthy eating.

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