"My biggest adjustment to being a diabetic is to diet, what to eat, how much to eat and when to eat," said Clark.
It's not all about sugar as some people might think.
Registered dietitian David Orozco helps people understand it's more about balance.
"As long as the person with diabetes is controlling the amount of carbohydrates, the amount of fats that they are consuming in their diet, that really is the best way to control their diabetes," said Orozco.
The American Diabetes Association says carb counting is important for diabetics because foods that contain carbohydrates raise blood glucose levels.
Orozco says that doesn't mean diabetics have to eliminate carbs altogether. instead, they need to select the healthiest combination of foods, such as whole grains, lean meats and colorful fruits and vegetables.
"If you can look at your plate and half of it is color then you are half way to helping your blood glucose levels," said Orozco.
Keenan Clark is learning that it's all about going back to the basics. Eating a well-balanced diet with a variety of healthy foods, while watching total calories and engaging in physical activity.
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