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Need to cut down carbs - what should I avoid?

I have been advised by my doctor to cut down on carbs as I am close to diabetes. She said to cut down on bread & pots (not that I eat much of these anyway). What else should I be wary of & what is a good replacement?


Our expert says...


Thanks for your question.

Current official advice for someone with type 2 diabetes is to eat a healthy balanced diet which includes foods from all the main food groups. But if your doctor has specifically told you to reduce your carbohydrate intake, then these are some of the types of foods you'll need to be aware of:

  • Bread
  • Pasta
  • Potatoes
  • Rice
  • Noodles
  • Cereal
  • Sweets and chocolate
  • Desserts

There is a handy fact sheet from the British Dietetics Association which you might find helpful - it has information on the types of foods someone with type 2 diabetes should eat:


Carbohydrate foods are an important source of fibre in our diet, and also fruits and vegetables contain carbohydrates - but these are an important part of our diet. So current advice is to include some of these foods, but perhaps you should just reduce portion sizes and frequency. So for example opt for one slice of bread and skip carbs with lunch but have some with dinner perhaps. It's also important to choose the right type of carbs, so always choose wholegrain versions of things like bread and pasta.

In place of things like pasta or rice you could have extra vegetables, or pulses such as beans and lentils, or extra protein from things like eggs, fish, meat and poultry.

Your doctor should have given you some more specific advice around what to reduce and by how much. If you're unsure, I'd recommend another chat with them to clarify. We can't offer much personal advice I'm afraid as we're not a medical organisation and don't have access to your medical records.

I hope the above helps a little though.

Best wishes


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