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Monday, September 21, 2009

Balancing the food you eat

When you have diabetes, balancing the food you eat with your physical activity and medicines can help keep your blood sugars on target. This can help you feel your best, day to day.

Food gives you the energy you need to do the things you enjoy and to take care of yourself. After a meal, most foods are broken down into glucose (sugar), which passes into the bloodstream and then enters the cells where it is used for energy.

After we eat, the pancreas responds to the rise in blood sugars by producing the right amount of insulin to move glucose from the bloodstream into our cells. For glucose to get into the cells, insulin must be present. When there is not enough insulin, glucose stays in the blood, causing high blood sugar levels.

Either eating too much or not enough food upsets the balance, causing high or low blood sugar levels. High blood sugars increase your chances of long-term health problems.

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