Diabetes Meal Planning

People with diabetes should have a diabetes meal planning. Food intake affects blood sugar directly. Dietitians and doctors no longer recommend a single meal plan for all diabetes patients. They recommend flexible meal plans with consideration of patients’ lifestyle and health needs.

By following some guidelines on your meal, you can avoid not only diabetes, but also other diseases like heart disease, stroke and osteoporosis. Certain major risk factors that lead to chronic diseases will also be reduced. These include obesity, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

Dietary Guidelines for Americans

These are the guidelines proposed by the US government. It is especially important for people with high risk of having chronic diseases.



  • Aim for a healthy weight.
  • Be physically active each day.


  • Let the Pyramid guide your food choices.
  • Choose a variety of grains daily, especially whole grains. 
  • Choose a variety of fruits and vegetables daily. 
  • Keep food safe to eat.


  • Choose a diet that is low in saturated fat and cholesterol and moderate in total fat.
  • Choose beverages and foods to moderate your intake of sugars. 
  • Choose and prepare foods with less salt.
  • If you drink alcoholic beverages, do so in moderation.

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