‘Feeding’ Diabetes Explained

image of a woman eating an apple, apples and fruit are still vital in keeping healthy in fighting diabetes, from Diabetes Insight, Cork, Ireland

The term ‘feeding’ diabetes has been used to describe a situation when someone with diabetes is eating to keep blood sugar levels up to avoid low blood sugar levels known as  ‘hypos’. It may involve overlarge portion sizes, snacking between meals &/or feeling hungry. Many people complain of gaining weight, due to this phenomenon, which if you are on insulin injections, can end up creating a vicious circle, due to the fact that insulin also increases weight. When more weight gain happens, especially around the abdomen, an interplay between hormones that affect appetite begins and increases the feeling of hunger, you eat more and the circle keeps happening.

There should be no reason why someone has to end up ‘feeding’ their diabetes. If this is happening, a review of diet, meds &/or insulin regime needs to happen, preferably discussion with your diabetes team as to uncover the reasons why. If you have weight to lose, whether you have Type 1 or 2 diabetes, beginning a weight loss programme under supervision is advisable.

Diabetes Insight in conjunction with Studio Fitness of Marina Commercial Park, Cork have a series of fitness programmes for people with diabetes who need to lose weight &/or who just want to get fit. Contact Diabetes Insight for further details.

At Diabetes Insight we don’t just tell you how, we show you how!


Diabetes Insight is Ireland’s only private independent advisory service and education centre dedicated and specializing solely in Diabetes Self Management Education (DSME). Its aim is to make a difference in the lives of those living daily with diabetes by providing quality education, advice, support and resources in a clear, simple, practical easy to understand manner without fear of judgement or blame. We respect and see each person with diabetes as an individual, with individual needs, so all our services are tailored to your specific needs. 

All our services are designed and facilitated by Helena Farrell RGN, MSc Diabetes who has over 15 years experience working and studying in diabetes management. These services are unique, from cookery courses to one day courses and are not to be found in any other health service or provider within the Republic of Ireland. 

Contact us today to see how we can help you and make a difference to you living with diabetes by ringing Helena on (086) 1739287 &/or email hfarrell77@gmail.com. With services starting from as little as 20 euros, there is something to cater for every budget and need.

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