Diabetes

Frequently Asked Questions

20. If I have diabetes, should I avoid all sweets and sugars?

If you have diabetes you should limit the amount of fats and sweets you eat. These foods have calories, but not much nutrition. Some contain saturated fats and cholesterol that increase your risk of heart disease. Limiting these foods will help you lose weight and keep your blood glucose and blood fats under control.

It is okay to have sweets once in a while. Try having sugar-free popsicles, diet soda, fat-free ice cream or frozen yogurt, or sugar-free hot cocoa mix to satisfy a "sweet tooth."

Remember, fat-free and low sugar foods still have calories. Talk with your diabetes educator about how to fit sweets into your meal plan.