There is so much confusion and conflicting advice out there about what to eat to manage diabetes. A dietitian will provide you with dietary information that is based on scientific evidence, personalised to your individual situation. A dietitian will also help you to stabilise blood glucose levels through diet in the short-term, but also develop eating patterns that will be sustainable, reduce the risk of complications and keep you healthy in the long-term.
Please provide name and title/credentials:
Narelle Lampard, Accredited Practising Dietitian/ Credentialled Diabetes Educator
What service does a dietitian provide?
Accredited Practising Dietitians have university qualifications in nutrition and dietetics. We apply the science of nutrition to the education of people in health and disease and provide individual dietary counselling, medical nutrition therapy and group dietary therapy.
How do you help people with diabetes?
Every person with diabetes is different, so I try to understand their individual needs by exploring their type of diabetes, medications, complications or other health problems, cultural background and taste preferences or intolerances and their activity levels and weight goals. I also consider their budget. I then provide tailored, practical information about healthy food choices, label reading, cooking ideas and meal plans. As a diabetes dietitian, I pay particular attention to carbohydrate-containing foods, as these have the biggest impact on blood glucose levels – reducing added sugars, choosing quality carbohydrates that are high in fibre and low GI, and discuss quantity and distribution over the day.
Personal quote – “Why are you an important part of ‘Team Diabetes’?”
“There is so much confusion and conflicting advice out there about what to eat to manage diabetes. A dietitian will provide you with dietary information that is based on scientific evidence, personalised to your individual situation. We will help you to stabilise blood glucose levels through diet in the short-term, but also develop eating patterns that will be sustainable, reduce the risk of complications and keep you healthy in the long-term.”
Do you have a story or anecdote from a consumer that you could share about how you in your role have had an impact on their life – for the good or bad? i.e. feedback from a course you have presented, or a teacher you have trained, or an individual consult or a phone call on the Helpline.
Working as a diabetes dietitian at Fremantle Hospital over many years, I have had the privilege of encouraging patients with type 2 diabetes to adopt consistent dietary improvements and physical activity, which has enabled them to lower their blood glucose levels, lose weight, reduce medications and feel better.
At Diabetes WA, many participants who attend my Shop Smart supermarket tours express a sense of relief at the wide range of healthy foods they can eat, and participants of the Carb Smart sessions describe it as having found the piece of the diabetes management puzzle that they were missing.