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My doctor wants me to lose weight so my blood sugar can go down. What type of food, fruits and vegetables should I eat?

I'm 5'8" and I weight 262 pounds.
 

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The best strategies to lower blood sugar levels are losing weight and controlling the quantity and quality of the carbohydrates you eat.

The healthier carbohydrates include:

  • Whole grains (100% whole grain bread, bulgur, brown rice, whole-grain cereal, etc.)

  • Fresh fruit

  • Beans

  • Lentils

  • Vegetables

Dairy products also contain carbohydrates as lactose (or milk sugar). The best dairy products to choose are skim milk and plain, non-fat yogurt.

Limit these carbohydrates:

  • Refined grains (white bread, white rice, white flour, bagels, etc)

  • Sugar-sweetened beverages

  • Foods with added sugars (i.e. candy, desserts, jam, jelly, syrups, etc.)

  • Fruit juices

  • Dried fruits

  • White potatoes

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