Diabetes doesn’t just affect older people. Diabetes affects 8.3 percent of all Americans and 11.3 percent of adults age 20 and older. Some 27 percent of people with diabetes or seven million Americans — do not know they have it. While physical activity and diabetes medicines help control the condition, diet plays the biggest role. You can help prevent health problems by keeping your blood glucose levels on target. Does this mean giving up your favorite foods? Not necessarily, by substituting a few of your normal ingredients for those lower in sugar and sodium, you can still enjoy the foods you love in moderation.

A healthy diet can help you prevent, control, and may even reverse diabetes. You can take good care of yourself and your diabetes by learning what to eat, how much of it to eat and when to eat. Making wise food choices can help you lower your risk for heart disease, stroke, and other problems caused by diabetes, feel good every day and even help you lose weight.

Check out these diabetic recipes that the entire family will love.