Diet and weight control
Commercial weight-loss programmes: are they effective for people with type 2 diabetes?
Weight loss is advocated as a primary therapy for the 90% of people with type 2 diabetes who are overweight or obese, but the capacity of the NHS to provide an integrated, cost-effective weight management service limits application.
Popular diets: are they effective for people with type 2 diabetes?
The benefits of weight loss for people with type 2 diabetes are well established, but many individuals find dietary energy restriction and weight loss challenging.
Dairy products and fish intake and the progression of type 2 diabetes: an update of the evidence
In general, replacement of saturated fat with monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes, with the evidence stronger for polyunsaturated fat. However, recent research studies have highlighted the importance of the source of dietary fat in prevention of type 2 diabetes. For example, saturated fats found in dairy products are associated with a reduction in risk in large epidemiological studies.
Fat and protein counting in type 1 diabetes
The prevalence of obesity in type 1 diabetes is increasing and may be exacerbated by the use of an intensive insulin therapy regimen which improves glycaemia but is associated with weight increase. There are a plethora of diets and weight loss programmes to choose from, but balancing the insulin doses to achieve good glycaemic control is challenging.
The role of carbohydrate in diabetes management
The role of carbohydrate in the diet of people living with diabetes is an area of much debate. This relates to both type and quantity of carbohydrate consumed, with low carbohydrate diets increasing in popularity. However, it is important to take a whole diet approach and not just in terms of single nutrients.
Paul D McArdle, Duane Mellor, Sian Rilstone and Julie Taplin