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Nutrition Programs

Proper nutrition is a primary tool for managing diabetes.

While there is no longer a “diabetic diet,” there are general goals for meal planning and healthy eating. We will help you map the pathway to reaching those goals. This will include goals unique to your individual needs.

Joslin Diabetes Center’s approach to nutrition and physical activity is to focus on the individual—not a “one size fits all” approach.

When you or a family member has diabetes, it is important to eat the right amounts of the three major nutrients—protein, carbohydrates and fats. This will help with your blood glucose levels. It will also improve lipid (cholesterols and other fatty acid) levels and blood pressure. And if you are overweight or obese, diet changes can lead to weight loss.

One of our registered dietitians will work with you to go over your current diet, review your treatment goals, and develop a meal plan tailored to your specific needs.

We also offer:

  • Group classes on meal planning and healthy eating.
  • Many online information sheets on various aspects of nutrition, diet and meal planning.
  • Cookbooks and books on weight loss, meal planning and counting calories, fats and carbohydrates.

To Get Started

For an appointment with a dietitian, please call (617) 732-2440.

Click here to read Joslin's Nutritional Guidelines for Joslin Diabetes Center’s New Nutrition Guideline For People with Type 2 Diabetes or Pre-Diabetes Who Are Overweight or Obese.

Page last updated: August 22, 2013