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1 in 3 people with Type 2 diabetes has poor blood glucose control

Every diet choice can make a difference. While one does not need a “special” diet (the diet for people with diabetes is simply a healthy eating plan), one may face frustrations and uncertainties when trying to make healthy food choices.

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Take Charge & Manage Diabetes

Here Are Some Helpful Tips!

Have regular meals

Stick to your regular meal times, and space out your meals and snacks over the course of the day.

Enjoy a variety of food from the different food groups in appropriate portions

  • ½ Plate of Fruits and Vegetables
  • ¼ Plate of Brown Rice & Wholemeal Bread
  • ¼ Plate of Meat & Others

Learn more about how to plan your meals with My Healthy Plate.

Use a diabetes-specific formula

To replace a meal or a snack, or use it as a supplement, depending on your diet goals.

Moderate carbohydrate intake and include low Glycemic Index (GI) options

Glycemic Index (GI) is a ranking of carbohydrates on a scale of 0 to 100 according to the extent to which they raise blood sugar levels after consumption. Learn more about Glycemic Index (GI).

GI GI Rating Effect Examples
High GI ≥70 Rapid increase in blood sugar levels
  • Glutinous rice
  • Yellow noodles
  • Mashed Potato
  • White Bread
  • Tapioca
  • White Rice
Medium GI 56-69 Moderate increase in blood sugar levels
  • Brown rice (long grain)
  • Basmati rice
  • Chapatti
  • Pineapple
  • Mango
  • Pizza
Low GI 0-55 Slow increase in blood sugar levels
  • Bee hoon
  • Tung hoon
  • Pasta (cooked al dente)
  • Multigrain bread
  • Milk and milk products (unsweetened)

Source: Temasek Polytechnic – Glycemic Index Research Unit (GIRU)

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References:
1 Epidemiology and Disease Control Division. Ministry of Health. National Health Survey 2010.

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