Understanding food choices is an important part of staying well. If you have type 2 diabetes, or are at risk of developing diabetes, knowing what and how to eat is essential for maintaining good blood glucose levels and good health. If you have type 2 diabetes following a healthy diet and exercising can help you lose weight and make it easier for you to manage your condition. Losing weight and eating healthier can also have a profound effect on your mood, energy, and sense of wellbeing. It can also help prevent complications associated with diabetes like problems with your eyes, kidneys, feet and legs or heart. If you have prediabetes, losing weight and keeping it off could stop you from developing type 2 diabetes, and support long term good health and wellbeing.
Carbohydrate counting (carb counting) is an important skill for all people with type 1 diabetes to learn. Carbohydrate recognition and carbohydrate counting are also used to varying degrees for the management of type 2 diabetes and gestational diabetes.
The NDSS has a digital online education resource for carb counting. This is not intended to replace health professional education, but will assist in a number of ways:
Diabetes NSW & ACT has partnered with the CSIRO to give people options when it comes to choosing a diabetes friendly meal program that’s right for them. With the help of the dietary guidelines and support offered within the program people can reach their weight loss goals, maintain long term healthy eating habits and live a long and healthy life. The CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet offers a special edition of the 12 Week Program for people living with prediabetes or type 2 diabetes. Click here to find out more
The Australian Dietary Guidelines provide up-to-date advice about the amount and kinds of foods that we need to eat for health and wellbeing. The recommendations are based on scientific evidence, developed after looking at good quality research. Published by The National Health and Medical Research Council Canberra, February 2013. Click here to view the guidelines
The Australian Guide to Healthy Eating is a food selection guide which visually represents the proportion of the five food groups recommended for consumption each day. Click here to view.