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Diabetes and diet

What is it?

Diet is an important part of managing your diabetes. There is no one-size-fits-all diet for diabetes, because everyone is different. But it is important to eat foods from the five food groups: fruit and vegetables, starchy food, dairy, protein and fat.


What will my healthcare team do?

Your GP will play a key role in your diabetes care. Your GP may refer you to a dietitian or diabetes educator for tailored advice.

Your GP can help you to learn the principles of healthy eating and may develop a diet plan that suits your unique needs. If you have type 1 diabetes, you will need to know how to match your carbohydrate intake with your insulin dose.

What questions could I ask my doctor?

  • Whp can help me plan my diet?
  • What foods should I avoid?
  • What symptoms should I look out for?

What can I do?

Learn about the benefits of healthy eating. Ask your GP for more help if you need it.

While having a healthy diet is important, it is also important to look after all aspects of your health when you have diabetes. Exercise daily, get enough sleep and reduce stress.

There are local support groups for people with diabetes. Let your GP know if you are finding it hard to cope with your new diet. They may be able to refer you to one of these groups.


Where can I learn more?

  • Diabetes Australia

    Eating Well

  • Diabetes NSW
  • Diabetes NSW - Multicultural resources

    Diabetes NSW & ACT has a range of multicultural resources designed to help people from non-English speaking backgrounds better understand and manage their diabetes.

Important: This information is to be viewed by someone who has received a diagnosis from their doctor. It is not designed to be used to diagnose a condition or as a substitute for ongoing medical care.

Health Resource Directory factsheets are endorsed by South Western Sydney PHN’s Community Advisory Committee and local GPs

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