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> Can be used in combination with a GLP-1 therapy and diabetes pill

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Nutrition and Diabetes

Many people find sticking to a healthy diet tricky, even without diabetes. For people with diabetes, a nutritious diet means paying very careful attention to things like serving size, carbohydrates, and meal times.

How to read the nutrition facts on food label

Reading food labels

You can learn a lot by reading food labels. For people with diabetes, key areas are serving size and carbohydrates. For a helpful tool that lists the nutritional value of certain foods, you can use the food look-up tool on LevemirCare™.

Finding the true serving size

There is often more than one serving contained in a food package. When looking at the serving size, be sure to compare the serving size to total servings. For instance, there may be more than just one serving in a whole bag of chips. The bag could actually contain 4 to 5 total servings, which would be 4 to 5 times the calories, fat, carbohydrates, and other contents in a serving size. You should also consult your meal plan to compare serving sizes. The ones on the food label may not be the same as those in
your plan.

Looking for healthier foods

It is important to make healthy food choices. For instance, when reading food labels, be sure to pay attention to the amount of total sugar. Some nutritious foods, such as fruit and milk, may be high in sugar.

Both sugar and fiber are counted on food labels as carbohydrates. For foods containing 5 grams of fiber or more, you can subtract the amount of fiber from the total carbohydrate content.

For sugar-free products, look for carbohydrate content. A sugar-free product may end up having the same amount of carbohydrate grams as its standard version. Certain cereals and grains, for example, may have a high level of carbohydrates even though there is no added sugar. Learn more about carbohydrates and blood sugar on LevemirCare™.

Examining fat content

When looking at fats on the food label, check to see the types of fats listed. Good fats can help protect your heart and lower cholesterol, while bad fats raise cholesterol and increase the risk of heart disease.

Good fats:
  • Monounsaturated (found in nuts, olive oil, avocados)
  • Polyunsaturated (found in seeds, fish, whole grains)
Bad fats:
  • Saturated (found in butter, shortening, snack food)
  • Trans (packaged foods, fast foods)

The same rule applies with fat-free foods as with sugar-free foods. When looking at fat-free foods, carefully compare the carbohydrate and calorie content of the fat-free version against the standard version.

Portion control

Controlling the amount of food you eat at one time is also important to diet control and your overall health. Deciding to eat healthy portions can go a long way toward maintaining and controlling your weight and your diabetes. Look on food labels to see what the ideal portion size is for that food; it could be less than you usually eat.

Keeping track of meal and snack times

Depending on the type of diabetes medicine you use, you may need to follow a careful schedule for meals and snacking. A long-acting insulin therapy such as Levemir® FlexPen® provides coverage for your blood sugar between meals and while you sleep. For people with type 2 diabetes, one dose before bedtime helps control blood sugar levels up to 24 hours.

For more help with developing meal plans, use this helpful menu and recipe planner on LevemirCare™.

Selected Important Safety Information

What are the possible side effects of Levemir®?

• Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), including when too much is taken. Some symptoms include sweating, shakiness, confusion, and headache. Severe low blood sugar can cause unconsciousness, seizures, and death.

• Other side effects include injection site reactions (like redness, swelling, and itching), skin thickening or pits at the injection site, if taken with thiazolidinediones (TZDs) possible heart failure, and weight gain.

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