Healthy eating helps keep your blood sugar in your target range. It is a critical part of managing your diabetes because controlling your blood sugar can prevent the complications of diabetes.


Carbohydrates play a major role in the change of blood sugar. Consuming too much or too little during a meal can lead hyperglycemia or hypoglycemia. It is important to know what food contain carbohydrates and what foods do not. 


These foods DO contain carbohydrates: 

  • milk

  • fruit

  • grains (bread, pasta, muffins)

  • starchy vegetables (potatoes, corn, peas)

  • beans


These foods DO NOT contain carbohydrates:

  • cheese

  • nuts

  • oils

  • fish

  • poultry

  • meat

  • eggs

  • nonstarchy vegetables


Maintaining your weight, medicines, lifestyle, and other health issues you have can be very helpful when you have diabetes. A Registered DIetitian can help you to manage your diabetes with a healthy diet




It is important to frequently monitor your blood glucose when you are sick because there can be a significant increase. If blood glucose is over 240 mg/dL, check ketones. On sick days, it is important to keep taking your diabetic medications. Be sure to increase blood glucose monitoring and urine ketones and drink plenty of fluids. Some may find it helpful to create a Sick Day Plan, which would include:

  • Medical instructions

  • Testing instructions

  • A sick day menu (soup, crackers, toast)

  • Know when to call your healthcare provider

  • Have emergency numbers handy



A Sick Day Box may also be helpful:

  • Extra medication

  • Sick day menu

  • Blood glucose monitor and strips

  • Thermometer

  • Ketone test strips


Call you health care provider if:

  • Blood glucose is over 300 mg/dL for 2 tests in a row

  • You test positive for urine ketones

  • If you have any of the following symptoms:

    • Confusion

    • Fruity breath

    • Difficulty breathing

    • Nausea/ Vomiting

    • Diarrhea

    • Dehydration

New clients can fill out the form listed below and email it to Any questions regarding health and diet, please contact or call 847- 893-9788.


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900 Building

Hoffman Estates, IL 60169


 Tel: (847)893-9788

 Fax: (847)983-6181

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Monday to Friday



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