The importance of diet

All diabetics require a diet in which refined carbohydrate and fat intake is controlled. The objectives of the diet are:

• to keep to ideal weight (neither fat nor thin)

• to keep the blood sugar level as near normal as possible

This is achieved by:

• eating good food regularly (not skimping)

• spacing the meals throughout the day (three main meals and three snacks) for many type I diabetics

• cutting down fat to a minimum

avoiding sugar and refined carbohydrates (e.g. sugar, jam, honey, chocolates, sweets, pastries, cakes, soft drinks)

• eating a balance of more complex carbohydrates (starchy foods such as wholemeal bread, potatoes and cereals)

• eating a good variety of fruit and vegetables

• cutting out alcohol or drinking only a little

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