Eating Well

Choosing healthy foods and being active will help manage your blood glucose levels and your body weight. Healthy eating for people with diabetes is similar to recommendations for everyone so there is no need to prepare separate meals or buy special foods. Healthy eating can be enjoyed by the whole family.

All people with diabetes are advised to have a healthy eating plan, however, to control blood glucose levels in people with type 1 diabetes requires further consideration.

Managing blood glucose levels for a person with type 1 diabetes requires matching the amount of insulin to the carbohydrate in the foods eaten. There are different types of insulin and various regimes. It is possible to be flexible about the time of meals and the amount of carbohydrate in meals and snacks. Individuals with type 1 diabetes need to know how to plan their food, insulin and activity to best manage their blood glucose levels. It is advisable that all people with type 1 diabetes attend a dietitian experienced in working with people with type 1 diabetes to help them develop their own suitable meal plan.

We recommend that everyone with diabetes visit a dietitian for personal advice. For more personalised information, an Accredited Practising Dietitian will help. To find a dietitian in your area, contact:

  • The Dietitians Association of Australia or call 1800 812 942
  • The NDSS Helpline on 1300 136 588.

Dietitians are accessible and are usually based in many local hospitals, diabetes centres and community health centres and are also listed in the telephone directory.

Medicare may provide a rebate on dietitians’ fees if you have a chronic condition and are referred by your doctor. If you have private health insurance you may also receive a rebate from your health fund, depending on the type of cover you have.

Diabetes and Eating Disorders

Diabetes and Eating Disorders is an A5 booklet that has been developed for people with type 1 diabetes, their families and friends to explain the different types of eating disorders and why people with type 1 diabetes may have a higher risk of developing an eating disorder. This resource provides details on where to find more information and where to get help and support across Australia.

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