No ‘One-Size-Fits-All’ Diet for Diabetics, Expert Panel Says

There is no one right diet for people with diabetes, and patients should instead have personalized nutrition plans, a new American Diabetes Association (ADA) report says.

There simply is no ideal percentage of calories from carbohydrates, proteins and fats. And combinations of different foods or food groups are acceptable for the management of diabetes and pre-diabetes, the report added.

“‘What can I eat?’ is the number one question asked by people with diabetes and pre-diabetes when diagnosed,” said Dr. William Cefalu, chief scientific, medical and mission officer at the ADA. “This new consensus report reflects the ADA’s continued commitment to evidence-based guidelines that are achievable and meet people where they are.”

As with type 2 diabetes, being obese with type 1 diabetes can worsen insulin resistance, blood sugar levels, microvascular disease complications and heart disease risk factors. Therefore, weight management should