Nutrition & Dietetics Diabetes

There are three main types of diabetes:

  1. Type 1 (insulin dependent)
  2. Type 2 (non-insulin dependent)
  3. Gestational diabetes (occurring in pregnancy)

All types of diabetes require dietary advice.

Type 1 diabetes is always treated with insulin injections.

Type 2 and gestational diabetes may take a combination of tablets, or insulin as well as changing their diet.

Diabetes UK contains useful information about risk factors for diabetes, diagnosis and treatment

Guidelines for Healthy Living with Diabetes

The dietitian is able to individualise dietary advice to best suit you, your lifestyle and type of diabetes.

The basic dietary advice is:

  • If you are overweight, try to lose some weight
  • Eat at regular intervals during the day i.e. breakfast, midday and evening meals. Don’t miss meals
  • Include starchy food (carbohydrate) at each meal and aim to have about the same amount each day
  • Have two or three portions of vegetables each day
  • Have two or three portions of fruit spread throughout the day
  • Limit foods with a high fat content
  • Cut down on sugar, sugary foods and sugary drinks
  • Drink alcohol in moderation
  • Cut down on salt
  • Special diabetic foods are not necessary

Physical Activity

  • Try to do some activity each day
  • Activity will help keep your blood glucose at nearer normal levels


Within North Bristol NHS Trust we provide specialist diabetes care.

We specialise in seeing people with diabetes and complications. We have a range of clinics which include consultants, nurses and dietitians. 

People have a review with the consultant, nurse and dietitian with the aim of developing a care plan that is workable for you and your GP. 

Depending on the problems with your diabetes, we may arrange for you to have some follow-up with one of the team members.

New patients to the service are seen initially at Southmead Hospital Bristol. Follow-up clinics currently run at Southmead Hospital Bristol and Cossham Hospital.

Contact Nutrition & Dietetics

Gate 10, Level 6, Brunel building, Southmead Hospital Bristol
Telephone: 0117 4145428

Nutrition & Dietetics Diabetes