An important part of managing your Type 2 diabetes is to eat a healthy, balanced diet and regular meals. This will help prevent wide fluctuations in your blood glucose levels and keep your overall blood glucose (HbA1c) better controlled.
There is much debate about whether you should opt for a lower carbohydrate diet if you have Type 2 diabetes and we discuss this question in our Diabetes Today programme.
We will focus on positive food choices that will help you control your blood glucose levels:
- Protein and healthy fats (such as in oily fish, nuts and olive oil): keep you feeling fuller for longer and reduce the fluctuations in your blood glucose levels.
- Green leafy vegetables, root vegetables and pulses: fill you up without adding too many kcals (calories) and provide important vitamins, minerals and fibre for a healthy digestive system.
We aim to address many important questions and topics often raised by people living with diabetes, including:
- Which carbohydrates are the best choices?
- How much fruit can I have?
- Can I reverse my diabetes?
- Understanding food labels to guide decisions on what to buy in supermarkets.
There will be plenty of time to discuss individual questions from you as well in our friendly group setting.
If you are carrying a few extra inches around the waist, then weight loss will help improve your blood glucose. Generally reducing your portion sizes, particularly of processed foods, sugary foods and refined carbohydrates (e.g. cakes, pies and biscuits) will help here. We will discuss strategies to help you avoid overeating and provide some healthy cooking tips.
Diabetes UK’s Enjoy Food is a healthy eating resource with advice and tips on everything from healthy swaps, understanding food labels, how to cook healthier meals, meal planning and shopping on a budget. They also have a recipe finder if you’re in need of mealtime inspiration.