Dietary Management for Type 1 Diabetes

At Diabetes Insight we provide a range of dietary advice, plans and approaches for people with type 1 diabetes that are flexible, easy to follow and are based on widely recognized evidence.

Low GI Diet for Type 1 Diabetes

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It is our belief that all people with diabetes regardless of type, should be following a Low Glycaemic Index (GI) Diet as the foundation of good health. Obesity and weight issues are no longer the remit of people with impaired blood glucose levels and Type 2 diabetes. Everyone, including people with no diabetes, should be maintaining a healthy, balanced diet to ward off potential health risks such as high cholesterol, blood pressure and heart disease. To read more about the Low GI Diet for people with Type 1 Diabetes please click here

Our tailored and individual Low GI plans for people with Type 1 Diabetes are based on science and experience. Many people embark on dietary changes that leave them feeling hungry and restrictive. We know if anyone attends our practice and feels this way especially 1-2 hours after eating they are not eating Low GI. Eating high GI foods will leave you feeling hungry between meals, led to dips and spikes in blood glucose levels, which will make you crave food even more, and usually the wrong types of foods.

Sports, Type 1 Diabetes and Low GI

Low GI is also ideal for people with Type 1 Diabetes involved in sports. Depending on the type of exercise, we tailor our low GI approach to meet your body and sports needs, giving you the confidence to self manage your insulin adjustments.

Other Benefits

Low GI eating is also useful for targeting blood glucose levels two hours after eating, which often can be the main culprit for HbA1c levels being raised. Keeping levels 10mmol/l or under 2 hours after eating is advisable to achieve a normal HbA1c level.

Low GI also helps control cholesterol and blood pressure levels, as well as regulate weight. This is due to the high fibre, slow release foods that are used as part of the approach.

Carbohydrate Countingan Insulin pen from Diabetes Insight, Cork, Ireland

Once an individual has achieved balanced control on our Low GI diet, we then progress onto teaching and supporting them with carbohydrate counting. This can be done as part of a group, or in an individual consultation. Presently in Ireland many individuals may have no access to carbohydrate counting courses, &/or maybe on a waiting list. Depending on location this can be up to 2 years. At Diabetes Insight there is no waiting lists.

There are several different ways people with diabetes can manage their food intake to keep their blood glucose (sugar) within their target range and one such method is ‘carbohydrate counting’. Carbohydrate, or carb counting is a method of calculating grams of carbohydrate consumed at meals and snacks. Foods that contain carb have the greatest effect on blood glucose compared to foods that contain protein or fat.

Counting carbohydrates is a good solution for many people with diabetes. Once you learn how to count carbs, you’ll find it easier to fit a wide variety of foods into your meal plan, including combination foods such as those in frozen dinners. For example, by checking the grams of total carbohydrate on the Nutrition Facts label  on a frozen dinner, you can figure out how to fit the dinner into your carb allotment for a particular meal.  Many people find carb counting to be much easier than using a more traditional exchange meal plan.

Another benefit of counting carbohydrates is that it can bring tighter control over your glucose readings. Being as precise as possible with your carb intake and medication will help you better manage your blood glucose after meals.

Lastly, if you take mealtime insulin, counting carbohydrates allows you to decide how much carb you want to eat at a meal, rather than having to eat a certain amount of carbohydrates, even if you do not want to.

The Natural Holistic Approach

As is everyone’s right, many individuals may prefer a natural holistic approach to managing their dietary requirements with Type 1 Diabetes. People with diabetes are the highest users of complementary medicine worldwide. This maybe due to the fact that they feel conventional dietary advice has failed them for one reason or another. One of our core beliefs at Diabetes Insight is informed decision making, once a person has been informed of all their options, given information, resources and support, the ultimate decision for their health lies with them. At Diabetes Insight we respect all our clients choices and support them going forward in a safe and practical manner.

At Diabetes Insight is happy to discuss any queries that you may have to ensure that the approach you have chosen is right for you and also ultimately safe for your health. Our in house Nutritional Therapist Tara Dorgan of the Cork Health & Lifestyle Centre is also on board to support your choices and decisions.

For further information on any of the above Contact Helena on (086) 1739287 &/or email: If you would like us to contact you please fill in the form below



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