Learning about food and what to eat is a top priority for a growing number of Sunshine Coast residents newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
Learning about food and what to eat is a top priority for a growing number of Sunshine Coast residents newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Fear of food is food for thought for those with diabetes

LEARNING about food and what to eat is a top priority for a growing number of Sunshine Coast residents newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

Healthy Lifestyle Officer Kerry Roach said people newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes commonly shared a fear of food and were looking for a silver bullet approach to managing their diet.

The Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service delivers monthly "Type 2 Diabetes and Me" information sessions designed to alleviate food concerns and highlight that dietary choices should be tailored to the individual.

"What works for some, may not work for everyone, so there's no silver bullet approach," Ms Roach said.

"Our expert dietitian promotes 'no-nonsense' nutrition that encourages healthy eating for  the whole family and discourages preparing separate meals and buying special foods," she said.

The next information session is scheduled for Wednesday, 29 March 2017, 9am - 1pm at the Maroochy RSL, Memorial Avenue, Maroochydore.


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