By Colin Kenny, Editor – Diabetes Distilled
Diabetes UK has published evidence-based nutrition guidelines for the prevention and management of diabetes. These are written for healthcare professionals and update previous guidance from 2011. They make recommendations from the available evidence highlighting the importance of foods, rather than focusing on individual nutrients, wherever possible.
This important update on nutrition guidance includes sections on prevention of type 2 diabetes, weight management, improving glycaemic control in type 1 and type 2 diabetes, and nutritional management of cardiovascular risk and diabetes complications. as well as addressing considerations in ethnic minorities.
The guidelines recommend an individualised approach to diet, taking into consideration the individual’s personal and cultural preferences. People with diabetes should eat more of certain foods such as vegetables, fruits, wholegrains, nuts and pulses, as well as eating less red and processed meat, refined carbohydrates and sugar-sweetened beverages.
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