Type 2 diabetes is a condition where your blood glucose is too high due to lack of insulin and/or insulin resistance. It is important to have good blood glucose control to reduce the risk of complications. If you are overweight, losing weight is the most important thing you can do. Up to 70% of cases of type 2 diabetes could be prevented through the adoption of a healthy lifestyle. Working with a dietitian will help you identify the changes you need to make to your diet to achieve this. People with diabetes should eat a healthy diet, the same as somebody without diabetes. It should be low in saturated fat, high in fibre and include a variety of fruit and vegetables.
Ten top tips to help you achieve a balanced diet:
– using a smaller plate
– filling half of your plate with vegetables
– avoiding second helpings.
Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity five days a week. ‘Moderate’ means breathing more deeply and feeling warmer. Focus on spending less time sitting still!
Remember to know your condition and be in control of it. A registered dietitian can help you with a personalized meal plan to best maintain your sugar levels for your specific treatment plan. You can make an appointment here.