oa CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - Food-based dietary guidelines for the patient with diabetes : main topic

Volume 21, Issue 10
  • ISSN : 0256-2170



There is no such thing as a 'diabetic diet'. People with diabetes need a low-fat, moderate-carbohydrate, high-fibre eating plan - one that can be followed by the entire family. <br>The carbohydrate in the diet of a person with diabetes should come from a variety of foods, e.g. whole-wheat cereals, fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy products and legumes. <br>The glycaemic index should be used in conjunction with general guidelines for healthy eating, i.e. moderate-carbohydrate, low-fat intake from a variety of foods. <br>Using a food-based approach that presents dietary guidelines to people with diabetes as simple, practical, action-orientated advice will aid compliance. <br>Dietary advice given to people with diabetes needs to be consistent. The responsibility of providing training of other health care professionals should rest with the registered dietitian to meet the need for consistency and high-quality dietary care. <br>A registered dietitian is trained to plan appropriate eating plans for people with diabetes. People diagnosed with diabetes should therefore be referred to a registered dietitian for individual counselling.

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