Diabetes is a result of poor diet. True or false?

 In simple terms, it’s false. But that doesn’t mean you can’t help to prevent Type 2 diabetes (Type 1 is another story) by adjusting your diet. While Type 2 diabetes can have many contributing factors, with family history strongly predisposing a person to the condition, a high-fat diet rich in refined or fast-release carbs that spike blood sugar may increase risk. Related risk factors can include being overweight and lack of exercise.  
To mark World Diabetes Day, SH dietitian Liz has put together this simple tip sheet. (Even if you’re not eating to beat diabetes, these guidelines can set you up for better health.)  
1. Load half of the plate with veggies or salad. For the other remaining quarters, serve up equal portions of protein and slow-releasing carbohydrate foods (e.g. whole wheat bread, whole grain rice or whole wheat pasta) 
2. For snacks, choose low-carbohydrate options such as a handful of nuts, a piece of fruit such as a banana or apple, or veggie sticks such as cucumber. Try to avoid snack options high in refined sugars such as sweet biscuits. 
3. Factor in 30 minutes of physical activity each day (even if it’s moderate). 
As always, nutrition advice is highly individual. Please consult an accredited practising dietitian (APD) before making dietary changes. And of course we invite you to ask us your nutrition questions. We promise to answer in comments! #keepsoaring  

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Dual passions for food and health led Soaring Health dietitian Liz to study dietetics, but what really drives her is seeing the tangible differences dietary changes can make to a person’s health and wellbeing – from managing disease symptoms to sustainable weight loss. With a professional goal to “allow my patients to become the best they can be” by translating nutrition science into practical, realistic food recommendations, Liz has a refreshingly human approach.

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