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Eating certain foods + avoiding others can help lower your blood sugar

The diagnosis of pre-diabetes should set off alarm bells. It means you’re on your way toward developing type 2 diabetes, a disease that greatly increases your risk of heart attack and early death.

But there is good news: Diabetes isn’t inevitable. Dietitian Julia Zumpano, RD, LD, says making lifestyle changes can actually prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes.  The goal is to reduce your carbohydrate intake by choosing more complex carbs and exercising to burn them off.

Here she explains what foods to avoid, what to eat instead, what to enjoy only in moderation — and tips for making changes.

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What not to eat

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