Prevention of type 2 diabetes

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Type 2 diabetes is on the rise in Australia, and indeed, worldwide. The good news is that up to 60% of type 2 diabetes cases can be prevented. Regular exercise, together with a healthy, balanced diet is key to maintaining a healthy weight and preventing obesity – a risk factor for type 2 diabetes. 

The foods you choose to eat can affect your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The Australian Dietary Guidelines recommend consumption of a wide variety of nutritious foods from the five food groups every day. Some of these foods, such as milk, yoghurt and cheese, have even been linked to a reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes.1


In the audio clip below, Accredited Practising Dietitian Sharon Curtain discusses why keeping good foods in a diet can help people better manage health risks such as type 2 diabetes.


1 National Health and Medical Research Council. Australian Dietary Guidelines, Canberra: Commonwealth of Australia; 2013.