The cells in our body need glucose as a source of energy; muscle cells need it to enable them to move and brain cells need it in order to work properly.
Glucose comes from the carbohydrates we eat. Healthy eating is important for everyone’s long term health. Healthy eating means eating a variety of foods from the different food groups.
Choose a variety of foods from the five main food groups daily (starchy foods; fruit and vegetable; dairy products; and protein group) to provide your body with nutrients that it needs. Foods high in fat or sugar are not essential for a healthy diet, therefore keep these to a minimum.
Remember there is no such thing as a ‘special diabetic diet’ and ‘diabetic products’ are not necessary. For more information please speak to a member of your Diabetes team.
The CHOICE diabetes education programme is available in NI and the border counties of Republic of Ireland, ask your Diabetes TeamChoice Programme