Diabetes and nutrition

Until recently, people with diabetes were placed on rigid diets and given a list of dos and don’ts about eating. Your friends or family may tell you about these restrictions and while they might mean well, their advice may be out of date and inaccurate.

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Healthy eating and an active lifestyle are important for everyone, including people with diabetes. Foods recommended for people with diabetes are the same as for those without diabetes.

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Healthy eating for people with diabetes is no different to that recommended for everyone else. So the good news here is that you do not have to cook different meals for the rest of the family, everyone can eat the same!

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It compulsory for all food products to display a full list of ingredients. Small packages and foods like herbs and spices, tea, coffee and foods sold unpackaged or foods made and packaged at the point of sale are exceptions. Food labels help people who are interested in making informed food choices about their nutrient intake.

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Everybody, including people with diabetes are advised to include carbohydrate foods throughout the day as they provide the body with energy. Carbohydrates are broken down in the intestine and enter the blood stream as glucose. To help manage your blood glucose levels, it is important to have regular meals each day and always eat breakfast. This will help to prevent large rises and falls in your blood glucose level.

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