Am I eating right for my diabetes?

If you have diabetes, you must be careful about what you eat, how much you eat and when you eat. Assess your diet to check if you're managing your diabetes as well as you possibly can.

How many meals and snacks do you eat every day?

How many of your meals/snacks contain fibre-rich starches (e.g. high-fibre cereal, low-GI brown bread, sweet potato)?

Is the rice, pasta, bread and cereal you eat mainly:

How many pieces of fruit do you eat daily (excluding fruit juice)?

Are you aware of the use of the glycaemic index (GI) in the diet of diabetics?

How many alcoholic drinks do you consume?

When do you consume alcohol?

Do you have a snack or meal before and after exercise?

How often do you eat sweets, chocolates, cakes, rusks, puddings or cookies?

If you do eat sweets and chocolates, do you eat them with a meal or as a snack in between meals?

Would you consider diabetic chocolate or biscuits a healthy substitute?

How many different types of vegetables do you eat daily?

Do you know how to read food labels to ensure a low-fat, low-sugar intake?

Do you cut all visible fat and skin off meat and chicken before cooking it?

How often do you eat processed meats (e.g. sausage, salami), pastries or fried foods?

Which dairy products (milk, cheese, yoghurt) do you use most often?

Is your weight considered normal?

How often does your blood-glucose level fall outside the normal range (fasting: 4,4-6,1 mmol/L; non-fasting: 4,4-8 mmol/L) when you test it?

Does your HbA1c level fall within the normal range when your doctor tests it?

Do you use artificial sweeteners instead of sugar?

How many artificial sweeteners do you use in a day?

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Dr. May currently works as a fulltime endocrinologist and has been in private practice since 2004. He has a variety of interests, predominantly obesity and diabetes, but also sees patients with osteoporosis, thyroid disorders, men's health disorders, pituitary and adrenal disorders, polycystic ovaries, and disorders of growth. He is a leading member of several obesity and diabetes societies and runs a trial centre for new drugs.

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