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You are what you eat
There seems to be a lot of people who don’t like to think there is such a thing as ‘the diabetes diet’. There is no set diet – that much is clear – it’s more like a series of guidelines for better eating. The great thing about the diet recommended for people with diabetes is that it’s about as healthy as it gets – low in sugar, low in fat and yet with plenty of variation allowed within those parameters.

Carbohydrate counting is a tool that many diabetics use to try and gauge how many carbohydrates they are about to eat as a way to helping to assess how much insulin to give themselves. It is not a direct match necessarily, but it’s a very good guide to help you give yourself the right dose. The body cannot process carbohydrates unless insulin is present, so it’s likely that if you are having a snack of more than 10g of carbs, you may need to take a small shot of insulin as well so that your body can process the carbs. It’s a constant balancing act.

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