Nutrition management is fundamental for the prevention of Type 2 diabetes and the effective management of both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. A registered dietitian with experience in diabetes care can provide ongoing nutrition advice to all people with diabetes or at high risk of developing diabetes. The Dietitian aims to establish individualised evidence-based recommendations for people with diabetes and those at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

The 2 main types of diabetes are;

Type 1 Diabetes

(previously known as insulin dependent diabetes/early onset diabetes)

Type 1 diabetes develops when the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the cells that produce insulin. As a result the body is unable to produce insulin and this leads to increased blood glucose levels, which in turn can cause serious damage to all organ systems in the body. A person will need to inject insulin to maintain normal blood glucose levels. Carbohydrates in the diet affect blood glucose levels. A Dietitian can help with eating well for diabetes and exploring the importance of carbohydrate in your diet. Knowing what type and how much carbohydrate you eat, or “carbohydrate counting” can be an effective tool to help manage your diabetes.

Type 2 Diabetes

(previously non-insulin dependent diabetes/late onset diabetes)

Type 2 diabetes develops when the body does not produce enough insulin to maintain a normal blood glucose level, or when the body is unable to effectively use the insulin that is being produced.  A dietitian can help explore healthy eating and lifestyle tips with an emphasis on maintaining a healthy weight and keeping active.

Whether you are recently diagnosed or have had diabetes for a long time a dietitian is the ideal health professional with whom to discuss with your diet. We work with individuals using evidence based practice to reach personal health goals, whether it is to lose weight, reduce blood glucose levels (or increase blood glucose you are prone to hypoglycaemia) or to adopt a more balance diet.

If you wish to find out more about seeing one of the UK Dietitian team please contact us.

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