Provision of information about nutrition is a key aspect of diabetes management and is available from food labels, the media and internet. The aim of the research was to explore nutrition information accessed and used by people with type 2 diabetes and their partners/carers.

The research utilised a qualitative approach involving the use of unstructured solicited diaries followed by qualitative interviews with people who have type 2 diabetes. Diaries recording nutrition information accessed were kept for one month and were followed up by qualitative interviews exploring the diary entries and experiences of nutrition information in general. Thematic analysis supported by qualitative data analysis software was used. Ethics approval was obtained from the University of Hertfordshire.

Nineteen people with type 2 diabetes (six men and 13 women) and one partner (one woman) with an age range of 53 to 77 years and length of time since diagnosis ranging from 0.5 -23 years were recruited from diabetes support groups in the East of England resulting in nineteen diaries and interviews. Food labels as sources of information were recorded and discussed most frequently. Themes included ‘food labels are confusing’ and ‘there is a lot of information out there’. Phrases such as a ‘wilderness of information’ and being ‘left to get on with it’ were used by participants to contextualise their experiences.

Further research is needed to explore how best to support people with type 2 diabetes in food label interpretation and managing the information available to them about diet.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 4 Dec 2016
Event9th CyDNA International Conference with CySPEN Participation: Novelties in Nutrition and Dietetics - Hilton Cyprus Hotel , Nicosia, Cyprus
Duration: 1 Dec 20164 Dec 2016


Conference9th CyDNA International Conference with CySPEN Participation
Abbreviated title9th CYDNA Conference
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