Diabetes Food Pyramid

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Diabetes Food Pyramid
Source: National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institute of Health. diabetes.niddk.nih.gov
Have about 1,200 to 1,600 calories a day if you are a
small woman who exercises
small or medium-sized woman who wants to lose weight
medium-sized woman who does not exercise much
The diabetes food pyramid can help you make wise food choices. It divides foods into groups, based on what they contain. Eat more from the groups at the bottom of the pyramid, and less from the groups at the top. Foods from the starches, fruits, vegetables, and milk groups are highest in carbohydrate. They affect your blood glucose levels the most.
How much should I eat each day?
Talk with your diabetes teacher about how to make a meal plan that fits the way you usually eat, your daily routine, and your diabetes medicines. Then make your own plan.
Have about 1,600 to 2,000 calories a day if you are a
large woman who wants to lose weight
small man at a healthy weight
medium-sized man who does not exercise much
medium-sized or large man who wants to lose weight
Have about 2,000 to 2,400 calories a day if you are a
medium-sized or large man who exercises a lot or has a physically active job
large man at a healthy weight
medium-sized or large woman who exercises a lot or has a physically active job
Choose this many servings from these food groups to meet your calories a day:
3
4-6 ounces
4
5
5-7 ounces
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