Weight loss & Diabetes

I am diabetic. Should I take sugar free and such products with low calorie to control weight too or reduce the sugar intake (make dietary changes). Can i have stevia or any other natural sugar substitutes? Which is a better option?
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Dr. Chethan R S Bangalore | General Physician
Hi....., Consider dietary changes. Low-fat, high-carbohydrate diets may increase insulin levels, so you may want to consider a low-carbohydrate diet .. Don't severely restrict carbohydrates; instead, choose complex carbohydrates, which are high in fiber. The more fiber in a food, the more slowly it's digested and the more slowly your blood sugar levels rise. High-fiber carbohydrates include whole-grain breads and cereals, whole-wheat pasta, bulgur wheat, barley, brown rice, and beans. Limit less healthy, simple carbohydrates such as soda, excess fruit juice, cake, candy, ice cream, pies, cookies and doughnuts.
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