This information is for people without diabetes and for people with type 2 diabetes or prediabetes.
The good news is that people with type 2 diabetes or prediabetes DON’T have to buy special foods or cook separate meals.
With diabetes, your aim is to have regular, balanced meals and snacks. Try to eat similar amounts – and at similar times – day to day. All this will help to keep your blood glucose levels even and within a healthy range. But almost all foods can fit into a diabetes-friendly plan.
NZ registered dietitians and other health professionals recommend a healthy diet. It’s the same for people with diabetes as for most other people. But they put extra emphasis on controlling weight. And also on keeping blood glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol values as close to normal as possible. The basics are to eat three well-balanced meals a day. Emphasize non-starchy vegetables and salad, fruit, whole grains and lean protein. Watch total food intake. And get regular exercise.
The guidelines we give about balanced meals work for most people. But if you have diabetes, you need to go further and actually count your carbs properly. If you’re not sure about this, talk to your medical professional and ask to be referred to a NZ registered dietitian if you have specific concerns.
Same goes for snacks. If you’ve got diabetes and you’re on some kinds of medicine, you may HAVE to eat between meals to stop getting hypoglycaemia. Not sure if this is you? Again, please check with your health professional.
If you have type 1 diabetes, your eating needs to be individually managed. Because it directly impacts your insulin requirements throughout the day. And that is of vital importance to your health.
Do you have questions, issues or concerns about your food choices? Then see a New Zealand registered dietitian with expertise in type 1 diabetes management.Of course, please feel free to watch the films. But don’t forget, it’s for people without diabetes and for people with type 2 diabetes or prediabetes.