Diabetes and Hypoglycemia

Healthy eating and physical activity are a very important part of managing blood sugar levels and maintaining your health while managing diabetes. These resources can help you manage your diabetes and feel your best.

Diabetes

If you have diabetes, your body is not making enough insulin and/or your body cannot use insulin properly. This can lead to high blood glucose (sugar) levels and can be harmful to your health. Learn more about how you can help manage diabetes through healthy eating and lifestyle choices.

Healthy Eating for Diabetes

Meal Planning

Glycemic Index

Carbohydrates

Hypoglycemia (Low Blood Glucose)

Low blood glucose (sugar) can happen when diabetes medicine, food, and exercise are out of balance. Symptoms can include trembling, nausea, drowsiness, dizziness, headaches, confusion, or even a loss of consciousness. Learn more about low blood glucose and tips to help keep your blood glucose levels steady.

Gestational Diabetes

Gestational diabetes can happen during pregnancy as hormone levels in your body change. These changes affect how your body manages glucose (sugar). Learn more about healthy eating and gestational diabetes.

Diabetes in Children

Caring for your child with diabetes can be a balancing act. It requires careful planning of meals and ensuring they participate in safe physical activities. Learn more tips:

Physical Activity and Diabetes

Physical activity is an important tool in helping to prevent and manage diabetes. Learn more:

Others’ Stories

Learn from others’ personal stories in this section.

Useful Websites

Diabetes Canada

The Diabetes Canada website includes fact sheets, videos and other resources on nutrition physical activity, medications, diabetes research, and more. The website includes resources adapted for different cultures as well as translated resources.

To assess your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, take the two minute CANRISK screening test. Learn about prediabetes and diabetes prevention here. Also see Managing Weight and Diabetes.

First Nations Health Authority (FNHA)

The FNHA is the health and wellness partner to over 200 diverse First Nations communities and citizens across BC.​ Visit the Healthy Living page for a list of wellness resources about healthy eating, physical activity and self care. To learn more about the services provided through FNHA, visit the eHealth and Virtual Health page.

Fraser Health Authority

Fraser Health Authority has various diabetes resources that are translated in different languages, such as Chinese, Punjabi, and Farsi.

Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA)

PHSA offers the Food Skills for Families program. Program participants learn how to make healthy meals while gaining confidence in the kitchen. The program is customized to meet the needs of specific groups including indigenous peoples, seniors, newcomers to Canada and others. Learn more here.

Self-Management British Columbia

Self-Management BC offers no cost health programs for adults of all ages living with one or multiple ongoing health conditions. Some programs are available in Chinese and Punjabi. To learn more about the virtual self-management program for people with diabetes, visit selfmanagementbc.ca.

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