Our Nutrition Unit integrates clinical care with research and audit to ensure we are offering our patients the very best care.
Our clinical programs include:
In this clinic, participants will be guided towards remission of type 2 diabetes. This means that the participants can come off the diabetes medication and have normal blood sugar. In general, remission is easier to achieve if participants have had type 2 diabetes for less than 6 years. However, even in people who have had type 2 diabetes for longer, removal of some or all medications is possible.
We offer several diets for achieving this, including total meal replacement using commercial meal replacement products; low-carbohydrate diets and very low energy diets (approximately 800 kilocalories per day) using food.
We also offer a meal delivery service to help achieve the remission goals.
For patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes we offer a tailored meal delivery service. Patients/people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes can select the menu which patients prefer with the dietitian to ensure it meets the clinical needs. We will be offering a variety of menus including low-calorie low-carbohydrate, high-protein and vegetarian options. Blood sugars, blood pressure and diabetes will be monitored at regular visits at DDI and if needed, adjustments can be made to the meal selection
In addition to our DAFNE team for adults, we are also developing group and
individual-based education initiatives to help children learn how to count carbohydrates. These include Kick-Off for 11-13-year-old children and a new workbook developed by a dietitian alongside an expert in educational graphic design and child psychology.
Our Unit is also carrying out world-leading research into the effect of diet on the management of type 1 and type 2 diabetes, including: