Is there such a thing as a "Diabetic Diet"? posted on 02/06/2015

Risk of malnutrition in older adults is very high with a recent study conducted by the Dietetics Association of Australia recording the prevalence of malnutrition in residential care facilities as high as 40%-70%.

It is for this reason that unwarranted restrictions on diets in the older adult are not recommended. It is now recognised that moderate amounts of sugar can be included in the diets of individuals with diabetes, in conjunction with a well-balanced diet that includes high fibre carbohydrates.

Residents with diabetes within our facilities receive the same nutritionally complete diet that all residents receive. We provide good-quality, well-balanced meals complete with lean sources of protein, low glycaemic index and high fibre carbohydrates plus a variety of vegetables. As with most medical conditions, there are individual cases where residents have unstable diabetes. In these cases, residents are reviewed by the Aegis dietitian in conjunction with the GP. Tailored nutrition plans are implemented appropriately to ensure their diabetes is adequately controlled, whilst maintaining optimal nutrition and quality of life.

Aegis has recently released a brochure on diabetes for residents, family and friends. The Diabetes in Aged Care brochure is available from each facility on request. Its aim is to enable family and friends to educate themselves and develop a better understanding of diabetes to ensure that they make informed decisions when bringing in food for their loved ones.

Overall, Aegis aims to provide its residents with nutritious, great tasting meals and snacks served in an enjoyable environment, to ensure residents maintain their health and quality of life.