Saturday, 14th November is World Diabetes Day when the International Diabetes Federation’s campaign (IDF) will focus on healthy eating. As you know well, what we eat can help prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes and is an important part of the effective management of all types of diabetes to help avoid complications.
What is healthy eating?
A healthy lifestyle involves many choices and for all people in our modern world today choosing balanced nutrition is a priority to live a long healthy life. Generally, it is recognized that a healthy eating strategy emphasizes vegetables, fruit, whole grains, lean meat and foods low in salt and added sugar.
For people living with all types of diabetes, a healthy eating plan is extremely important to meet blood glucose targets and avoid complications related to untreated or poorly managed diabetes.
When a person is first diagnosed with diabetes, this is one of the most significant self-care messages from healthcare providers worldwide, and much of what is said in the healthcare setting about nutrition and diabetes is delivered as common sense.
However, it is also commonly appreciated that it can be a challenge to put healthy eating, which sounds so simple – even easy, into practice. Add insulin therapy into the mix, required for people living with type 1 diabetes, and matters become much more complex. Careful coordination of carbohydrate intake with medication, physical activity, and other variables including stress must be prioritized to manage blood glucose levels, and for many, survival.
In light of the WDD campaign, Diabetes Voice asked individuals living with diabetes to discuss their greatest challenges related to making the right food choices and sticking to a strategy. See what they said: bit.ly/1XLoZnK
If you would like to find about WWD events near you, take a look at the IDD website and facebook page.