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Nutrition plays a critical role in helping people with diabetes achieve optimal health. The following pages provide information you can provide to your patients. Consider referring your patient to a dietitian for specific advice, especially for

  • advice about incorporating principles into work and home life
  • advanced carbohydrate counting
  • if there are other therapeutic needs (e.g. kidney disease)
  • if modifications are needed or requested (e.g. vegetarian diet)

See the Diabetes Services page for referral options in the Calgary zone.


Nutrition Resources

  • Nutrition guidelines for all clinicians are available at AHS Nutrition Guidelines for Healthcare Providers.
  • More detailed guidelines are available to RDs within AHS on the NFS shared drive. Dietitians who work in PCNs have access via Nutrition Services Sharepoint. Other dietitians might be able to get access, but this is controlled by Nutrition and Food Services - please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details.
  • A more complete list of nutrition resources can be found in our Topics Catalogue.
  • To learn about options for your patient to see a dietitian, please refer to our listing of Diabetes Services in the Calgary area.