Make the right food choices

There is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to making food choices, but it is important that people with diabetes, and those at risk of Type 2, are supported to choose the right foods for them to improve their health and quality of life.

Monday, 23rd April 2018, 09:00 am

That’s why we have issued new Diabetes UK nutrition guidelines for healthcare professionals.

For the first time, the guidelines show how people with Type 2 diabetes might be able to achieve remission.

Eating certain foods such as vegetables, fruits, wholegrains, fish, nuts and pulses can also help manage blood glucose levels and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease in people with both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, as well as reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes.

These foods are usually associated with the Mediterranean-style diet, but can be adapted to cultural and personal preferences.

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Eating less red and processed meat, refined carbohydrates − such as white bread and rice − and drinking fewer sugar sweetened drinks, is also recommended.

Being active daily and achieving at least 150 minutes of physical activity over a week through a variety of exercise can help people with diabetes lead healthy lives, and prevent the onset of Type 2 diabetes for those at risk.

We hope the new guidelines will help people enjoy food, while making healthy choices and being more active. The nutrition guidelines are available at

Stephen Ryan

Head of the North at Diabetes UK