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9 Healthy Breakfast Choices for People With Diabetes

9 Healthy Breakfast Choices for People With Diabetes

You’ve heard breakfast called the most important meal of the day. It becomes even more crucial if you have diabetes. A morning meal helps keep your blood glucose steady and reduces your odds of overeating later on. Over time, eating breakfast regularly can keep your waistline slim and your risk for high blood pressure under control. Not just any muffin or bagel will do, though—try these carb-controlled, protein-rich options to start your day off right.

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