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Diabetic Diet Guidelines

By EatingWell Editors

Tips to keep your blood sugar in check and help prevent diabetes.

1. Lose weight.

Extra fat can make your body resistant to the action of insulin. Losing weight improves insulin’s activity, which reduces blood-glucose levels. Research suggests that people at high risk for diabetes who lose as little as 5 percent of their body weight (i.e., about 10 pounds, if they weigh 200 pounds) can prevent or delay onset of the condition. The most effective approach, say experts, is a structured weight-loss program, such as The EatingWell Diet, that emphasizes lifestyle changes.

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