Plan Your Meals
Eating healthy meals is one way to help control your blood sugar. Our free meal planning guide
can help you get started. Talk to your healthcare team before beginning any new meal plan.
Use the Plate Method
Some people find it helpful to create their meals using the Plate Method. To follow
this method, divide your plate into sections filling 1/2 with nonstarchy vegetables
(such as spinach or broccoli), 1/4 with lean, low-fat protein (meat, fish, or eggs),
and 1/4 with carbohydrates (breads or grains). Then add an 8 oz. glass of milk or other small carb serving (light yogurt, for example), and a piece of fruit or salad.
This method ensures you are eating a well-balanced meal.
It's a good idea to get support from a registered dietitian who's experienced in diabetes care.
Watch Your Carb Intake
Since carbohydrates (or carbs) are the body’s main source of glucose (sugar), it’s important to control
the amount of carbs you eat. Foods high in carbs are:
- Breads and other
- Sugary snacks
- Dairy products
Take Your Lantus® Insulin
If you’re like many people with diabetes, diet, exercise, and other diabetes medicines may not be enough
to help you stay in your blood sugar target range. By adding insulin, you’re replacing what your body isn’t
making enough of. Insulin is the most effective way to control blood sugar levels, along with healthy
eating and exercise.
Be Physically Active
Adding regular physical activity to your meal plan and medicines can help control your blood sugar levels.
It also increases energy levels and improves heart health. Let your doctor know before you start, stop, or
increase your physical activity levels.
Track Your Blood Sugar Levels
Monitoring of your blood sugar levels helps you and your healthcare team to find the right balance
of diet, physical activity, and medicine to meet your A1C goals. Ask your doctor or healthcare professional when and how often to monitor your blood sugar.
Visit Your Healthcare Team
You play an important role in your diabetes care. Always keep scheduled appointments, and keep your healthcare
team informed of changes in your routine that may affect your blood sugar.