Carbohydrates are one of the three main food groups, with the other two being fats and proteins. All carbohydrates break down into glucose and are then absorbed by the body as a source of energy, which is then used to do everyday things. For glucose to be absorbed by the body insulin needs to be produced to transport the glucose into the body cells. Unfortunately when you have type 1 diabetes you do not produce any insulin so it needs to be injected and in type 2 you may not be producing enough, or what you do produce is not working effectively.

All carbohydrate foods break down into glucose which can then affect blood glucose levels. The Bexley Diabetes team have recently created a hand out that explores carbohydrates in more detail, to download a copy please click here.

Block A Level One, Queen Mary's Hospital, Frognal Avenue, Sidcup, Kent, DA14 6LT Diabetes Queries: 020 8269 3419