When you have diabetes, the key to eating is moderation. This means making sure each meal includes a balance of proteins, fats, vegetables, fruits and starches.3 Many people think you can’t have any carbs or sugar. That’s not true.
Some types of carbohydrates (like whole grains, vegetables and fruits) are better for you than others. Yes, you probably need to count carbs. And portion sizes are important.
Eating when you have diabetes always requires balance. Too much food, or too much of certain foods, can make your blood sugar go too high. Not eating enough, on the other hand, can make blood sugar get too low.
It’s good to let others know that diabetes doesn’t mean you can never enjoy the foods you love. It simply means you need to follow a healthy diet — something everyone should do.