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Meal planning can be a key part of managing diabetes. Planning meals and snacks with the right balance of carbohydrate, protein, and fat can help you keep your blood sugar at the target level you set with your doctor.
You don't have to eat special foods. You can eat what your family eats, including small amounts of sweets once in a while.
You may want to work with a dietitian or a certified diabetes educator. They can give you tips and meal ideas and can answer your questions about meal planning. They can also help you reach a healthy weight if that is one of your goals.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. In Alberta, you can also call Health Link at 811 to talk to a dietitian about your nutrition questions. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
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Adaptation Date: 5/19/2022
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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