Diet and diabetes

Diet and diabetes

People with type 1 diabetes should follow the same healthy eating advice as everyone else. The Eatwell Guide is a good starting point. However, in addition, it is important to understand the main components of food and the impact these could have on blood glucose levels. 

Shows the Eatwell Guide pie chart representing the overall balance of a healthy diet.  The chart is comprised of 38% potatoes, bread, rice, pasta and other starchy carbohydrate foods,  40% fruit and vegetables, 8% dairy and alternatives, 12% beans, pulses, fish, eggs, meat and other protein, 1% oils and spreads.

Healthy eating means eating a variety of foods in the correct portions from different food groups each day. Regular meals with consistent quantities of nutrients may be important in stabilising blood glucose levels and to help control the appetite, whereas an erratic meal pattern with variable quantities of carbohydrate can result in fluctuating glucose levels.

This video explains the different components of food in relation to diabetes:

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