Dietary advice in the management of diabetes mellitus--history and current practice

J R Soc Health. 1997 Jun;117(3):143-50. doi: 10.1177/146642409711700303.


Diet has been recognised for over three thousand years as being vital to the overall management of diabetes mellitus (DM). Today dietary advice for the person with diabetes continues to play just as an important role, not just as regards the day to day control but also in respect of the prevention of complications. The history of dietary advice for diabetes is examined as well as current dietary advice.

Publication types

  • Historical Article
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Child
  • Diabetes Complications
  • Diabetes Mellitus / diet therapy*
  • Diabetes Mellitus / history
  • Diet, Diabetic* / history
  • History, 17th Century
  • History, 18th Century
  • History, 19th Century
  • History, 20th Century
  • History, Ancient
  • Humans
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • United Kingdom / epidemiology