WANTED Diabetic patient seeks suitable menu option

Diabetes, categorised as Type 1 or Type 2, is a condition caused by a lack (Type 1), or insufficiency of, or insensitivity to (Type 2), the hormone insulin. Insulin, produced by the pancreas, permits glucose to be taken up into the bodies’ cells from the bloodstream. If sugar can’t be taken up into the cells to be used, it builds up in the blood, resulting in diabetes. Therefore, diabetes is characterised by high blood sugar (glucose) levels.

Type 2 diabetes accounts for 90% of all cases of the disease and represents a significant health concern. Approximately 850,00 adults over 40 in the Republic of Ireland are at risk of developing, or currently have, Type 2 diabetes (according to a Healthy Ireland survey). For those living with the condition, lifestyle modifications, dietary in particular, are extremely important for successful disease management. The maintenance of stable blood glucose can be assisted by moderating total sugar intake and by consuming sugars in the presence of other dietary components that help control changes to glucose levels.Type 2 diabetes patients should also keep fat and salt intake within recommended dietary guidelines, as the presence of diabetes increases the risk of hypertension and heart disease.

Our many healthpro Menu Mentoring® clients cater expertly for this demographic of customers by displaying the low sugar, low fat, low saturated fat and low salt symbols against appropriate menu and product offerings. Visit our online Healthy Eating Guide and click on the ‘low sugar’ (S) option as an example, to view the list of food providers in your area that cater for your nutritional needs.


Published on 6 February 2018 | Back to February Articles