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Further information for parents
Further information for parents

What can I eat?

You will probably have heard of different types of food at school. This chapter will explain the different food groups and their effect on blood glucose (sugar) levels.

Food is used for energy, growth and repair of any damage to our bodies. Foods also contain vitamins and minerals which are necessary to make our bodies grow and work properly. For example, you may have heard of vitamin C which is a vitamin found in fruit and vegetables, and calcium which is a mineral found in milk.

More on food groups...

Most vegetables are not listed in any food groups as they do not contain enough of one food group to add them to a list; they consist mainly of water, vitamins, minerals and fibre. FIBRE is found in fruit, vegetables, cereals, lentils and beans, (yes, baked beans are vegetables!) and it is important for everyone to have some fibre in their food.

All food groups are important and are used to make energy (protein is also used for growth and repairing your body). If too much energy is taken in and not used, it is stored in the body as fat - so we need to get our energy sums right!

We will be more healthy if most of our energy comes from ‘non sweet’ carbohydrate.

Diabetes and food

Food is divided into three main groups; protein, fat and carbohydrate. Sometimes these food groups overlap. Here you can test your food group knowledge, drag and drop the foods into the right food groups.

Food quiz

For Parents

For Parents

Helpful information for parents who have children with diabetes Find out how and where you can get support, click here

Steve Dixon's Story

 Steve Dixon's Story

Sky TV presenter Steve Dixon was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was 17 years old, mid-way through his A-levels. Now 34, he has achieved a successful career as a news presenter, and is a big advocate on the importance of self-management to carefully monitor his diabetes.

A Monster breakthrough – the Gila Monster and diabetes

Gila Monster

In 2005 the US Food and Drug Administration approved a drug for the management of type 2 diabetes, Byetta (exenatide), a synthetic version of a protein derived from the Gila monster's saliva.

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