Nutrition is an important part of diabetes management. The foods you eat can affect your diabetes management, how well you feel and how much energy you have. Choosing healthy foods and being active will help you manage your blood glucose levels and maintain a healthy weight.
You do not need to buy special food or cook separate meals. The whole family can eat the same healthy food. Read more in healthy eating.
Information about food and healthy eating is available in the following fact sheets:
- Alternative sweeteners
- Carbohydrate counting
- Eating out
- Healthy meal ideas
- Healthy snacks
- Hints for healthy cooking
- Making healthy food choices
- The glycemic index
- Understanding food labels.
Attend an information session at your local diabetes organisation. Find out more about our support programs.
Nutritional needs change leading up to and during pregnancy.
A healthy eating plan is essential for the health of a mother and her baby. It’s also an important part of diabetes management.
To discuss individual nutrition requirements during pregnancy, ask for a referral to a dietitian.
Older people with diabetes
As we get older, it can be challenging to stay nourished and maintain healthy eating habits. Our lifestyles and appetites can change and chronic conditions such as diabetes can take up our time and energy and affect our food choices. This booklet provides information about healthy eating and food choices for older people living with diabetes.
Find a dietitian
Everyone’s needs are different, so we recommend that you visit a dietitian for personal advice. For more personalised information, you can talk to an Accredited Practising Dietitian. To find a dietitian in your area, contact:
- Dietitians Association of Australia or call 1800 812 942
- the NDSS Helpline on 1300 136 588
- search our online services directory.
Dietitians are accessible and are usually based in many local hospitals, diabetes centres and community health centres. They are also listed in the telephone directory.