Dietary and lifestyle changes can make a big difference in diabetes prevention and management

Author(s): An interview with Dr Aimilia Papakonstantinou, Agricultural University of Athens, Greece | Posted: 04 November 2016

In the context of World Diabetes Day 2016 (WDD 2016), which is celebrated annually on 14 November, Dr Aimilia Papakonstantinou has given an insightful interview about the role of balanced diet and physical activity in diabetes prevention and management. The theme of this year’s WDD is ‘Eyes on diabetes’, and on this basis Dr Papakonstantinou outlines the effect of dietary and lifestyle changes on reducing the risk of diabetes complications such as retinopathy.

With regard to the role of low calorie sweeteners in diabetes, Dr Papakonstantinou suggests that they can be safely consumed by people with diabetes as low calorie sweeteners do not affect blood glucose or insulin levels, based on available human studies.