Today is World Health Day and the Theme of this year is "Beat Diabetes"
Help manage your diabetes:
- Eat regular meals and spread them evenly throughout the day
- Eat a diet lower in fat, particularly saturated fat
- If you take insulin or diabetes tablets, you may need to have between meal snacks
- Matching the amount of food you eat with the amount of energy you burn through activity and exercise is important.
- Putting too much fuel in your body can lead to weight gain.
- Being overweight or obese can make it difficult to manage your diabetes and can increase the risk of heart disease, stroke and cancer.
- Limit foods high in energy such as take away foods, sweet biscuits, cakes, sugar sweetened drinks and fruit juice, lollies, chocolate and savoury snacks.
- Some people have a healthy diet but eat too much. Reducing your portion size is one way to decrease the amount of energy you eat.
- Being active has many benefits. Along with healthy eating, regular physical activity can help you to manage your blood glucose levels, reduce your blood fats (cholesterol and triglycerides) and maintain a healthy weight.
- It is important to recognize that everyone’s needs are different. All people with diabetes should see an Accredited Practicing Dietitian.