Type 2 diabetes and diet: what do I need to know?

If you have diabetes, you may think you have to eat a special diet.

Not necessarily!

Following a healthy diet when you have diabetes doesn’t mean you have to buy any special foods. A healthy diet for people with diabetes is very similar to a healthy diet for people without diabetes! For people with diabetes, choosing foods that are high in fibre, a variety of lower carbohydrate fruits and vegetables, choosing lean cuts of meat, and reducing your intake of foods that are high in salt, sugar, and fat all contribute to a healthy “diabetes diet”.

Why is diet important in diabetes?

There are many factors that can affect how well diabetes is controlled. Many of these factors relate to and are controlled by the person who has diabetes. These factors can include how much food and drink has been consumed, how frequently blood glucose levels are being monitored, exercise and physical activity levels, and consistency with taking any prescribed medications. Even small changes can influence and affect blood glucose control, for example exercising 3 days a week instead of 2 days.

When it comes to food, eating a consistent amount of food every day and taking any medications as directed, can greatly improve blood glucose control. Doing this can help to keep blood glucose levels consistent, rather than having big highs and lows. Consistent blood glucose levels in the healthy range can reduce the risk of diabetes-related complications, including heart disease, kidney disease, and nerve damage. Eating regular meals can also help with weight loss!

We have written a number of articles about type 2 diabetes and diet that can help. They are all packed with useful information. Find them below.

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