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The cells in our body need glucose as a source of energy; the muscle cells need it to enable the muscle to move and the cells of the brain need it in order to work properly.

Where does glucose come from?

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.  Be mindful when using Insulin Pump Therapy and count carbohydrates to the nearest grams.

For advice please speak to your Diabetes Team.

Need More Help?

The CHOICE diabetes education programme is available in NI and the border counties of Republic of Ireland, ask your Diabetes Team

Choice Programme