The first position statement on diet in diabetes care was made by Diabetes UK, formerly the British Diabetic Association, 20 years ago. The recommendations liberalised the diet for people with diabetes. Previous advice had focused specifically on carbohydrate intake and sugar restriction.
The new recommendations promote a diet in line with healthy eating recommendations for the general population and compatible with dietary advice for people at high cardiovascular risk. Further review, 10 years later, resulted in an update that re-enforced the high-carbohydrate, low-fat diet.
These recommendations have now been superseded by recommendations from other parts of the world including Europe and America. A more recent technical review of the nutritional management of patients with diabetes also helps to put a clear perspective on dietary education in diabetes care.