Saturday, 28 April 2012

Diabetes and diet

This is a subject dear to my heart as I did research on it for my PhD.

Almost 3 million people in the UK have diabetes --and about 85% have type 2 diabetes which is often found in people who are older and also overweight. This type of diabetes used to be called maturity onset or non insulin dependent diabetes. Often it can be controlled by diet or diet and medication.

Type 1 diabetes affects younger people and requires insulin for control.

Whichever type of diabetes, diet is an important part of management.

I was pleased to be asked to work with the Insulin Dependent Diabetes Trust on producing a guide for people with diabetes on diet called "Diabetes Everyday Eating".

While this in no way can be a substitute for an individual diet plan prepared by a dietitian or other health professional it can provide helpful information. This can be particularly useful for those who are newly diagnosed with diabetes or possibly want some ideas on menus.