Diabetes is a chronic condition which impacts on the body's ability to make or use insulin. This causes high blood sugar. Maintaining a healthy level of blood sugar is needed to manage diabetes and prevent complications. Choosing nourishing foods and regulating your portion sizes will help you self manage your diabetes. It is important that any dietary advice is tailored to your specific needs. Dietitians are food and nutrition experts who have studied at university for at least 4 years and are up to date on the best diet to manage your diabetes.
If you have diabetes, an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) can help you plan your diet so that you you have the right balance of nutrition while managing your blood sugar levels. During an appointment with Susan Phillips, (APD) you can expect an asssessment of your current lifestyle, a review of your current diet and eating habits and a personalised eating plan. This plan will incorporate your current lifestyle and food preferences and work with you to establish achievable health goals.
Nutrition topics will include:
- Healthy unsaturated fats such as nuts, olive oil, avocadoes and fish
- High fibre and low GI carbohydrates for energy including fruit, wholegrain breads & cereals, legumes
- Regular meals to help even out blood sugar levels
- Reducing your sugar intake
An APD will provide education on how different foods impact upon your health. Practical tips on label reading, recipes, menu planning, healthy fats and cooking skills may also be provided. To help Australians manage their diabetes, rebates are available through Medicare, providing your doctor has develped a Chronic Disease Management (CDM) care plan. Alternatively you can claim a refund through your private health fund if you have extras cover.