By - Prince Yalley Abban , RD

Diabetes UK New Nutrition Guidelines Supports Individual Approach

Are you looking for evidenced based science of nutrition linked to the prevention and management of diabetes?

Diabetes UK has launched a new nutrition guidelines to support Individual approach of diabetes management.

The overarching aim of this guideline is to provide evidence based nutrition recommendations for healthcare professionals to support adults with diabetes and those at risk of Type 2 diabetes.

Diabetes UK first published dietary recommendations for people with diabetes in 1982, with subsequent updates in 1992, 2003 and 2011. The previous evidence-based guidelines, published in 2011, had included studies published up to August 2010. The 2018 guidelines incorporate existing evidence and additional studies published between January 2010 and July 2017, although an exception was made to include a major UK study of diabetes remission, published in December 2017.

Evidenced -based nutrition guidelines for the prevention and management of diabetes.

The key strategy applied in these current guidelines was to formulate recommendations from the available evidence highlighting the importance of foods, rather than focusing on individual nutrients, wherever possible.



    The guidelines recommend:

  • An individualised approach to diet taking into consideration the person’s personal and cultural preferences
  • People eat more of certain foods such as vegetables, fruits, wholegrains, fish, nuts and pulses
  • People eat less red and processed meat, refined carbohydrates and sugar sweetened beverages.


These nutrition guidelines are relevant to people at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and people with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. Special considerations have also been discussed for Gestational diabetes and Cystic Fibrosis- Related diabetes.

These guidelines were written primarily for the UK context. However ,the evidence reviewed comes from international scientific literature and much is applicable internationally.

These guidelines apply to health professionals who deliver care to people with diabetes especially in the areas of comlpications ,comorbidities and pregnancy.The recommendations have been framed so that they can either be used by healthcare professionals as guidance to support people with diabetes and those at high risk of Type 2 diabetes, or applied by people with diabetes where appropriate.

Children are not included in the frame of these  guidelines .

It is great to see the message of individualization and food based approaches to support people with diabetes backed by evidence.

Click to download the complete New  Diabetes UK Nutrition Guidelines

Credit : Diabetes UK

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