DIETARY ADVICE FOR DIABETES
A key aspect of managing diabetes revolves around diet and nutrition. Dietitians play a crucial role in providing evidence-based advice and guidance tailored to an individual's needs.
A balanced diet for diabetes often focuses on portion control, carbohydrate counting and selecting foods with a lower glycaemic index. This involves encouraging wholegrains, lean proteins, healthy fats, and plenty of fruits and vegetables. Additionally, sugar-sweetened beverages and processed foods high in unhealthy fats and added sugars should be limited.
Nutrition education for people living with diabetes often includes meal planning, understanding food labels, and making healthier food choices when dining out. Where appropriate, it is also important and realistic to support the concept of moderation rather than strict deprivation, supporting the enjoyment of some favourite foods occasionally, while effectively managing blood sugar levels.