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People with diabetes not offered dietary advice

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Over half of people with diabetes are not offered sufficient dietary advice when first diagnosed, according to research by the InDependent Diabetes Trust.

The Living with Diabetes Survey found that 53 per cent of respondents of people with newly-diagnosed diabetes were not given adequate information and guidance about how to control the condition. Good diet is important for people with diabetes to minimise the risks of complications, including potential coma-inducing blood sugar lows, foot amputations and blindness.

A further 53 per cent were also not referred to a diabetes education session that covered diet.

Jenny Hirst, co-chair of the InDependent Diabetes Trust, said: 'People with diabetes face a daily battle to keep on top of their condition but unfortunately they are not always given sufficient information and advice, especially when it comes to diet. Having a healthy balanced diet can help to prevent type 2 diabetes, control diagnosed diabetes and as well as reduce the risk of the associated complications of the condition.'

There were 144 respondents to the survey through postal forms and an online questionnaire.

The survey was part of the awareness for the theme of healthy living for this year's World Diabetes Day, which takes place on 14 November.

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