November 2023.

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About this episode

Did you know that around 1.9 million Australians are living with diabetes? And type 2 diabetes, which is largely preventable, accounts for 85-90% of all cases – and is increasing each year.

So, how can nuts help? What’s their role in reducing diabetes risk, and managing existing diabetes?

We speak with Diabetes Victoria dietitian Tim McMaster, who has a wealth of experience in diabetes.   

He explains the role of nutrition in preventing and managing diabetes, how the primary clinical goal of diabetes management goes beyond just managing blood glucose levels, and more.

Plus, he explains a potential role for nuts in preventing type 2 diabetes, and where they fit within diabetes dietary recommendations. And he allays the idea that cashews and chestnuts need to be avoided!

About today’s guest

Tim is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and Accredited Sports Dietitian, based in Melbourne.

He has been working in diabetes for more than 10 years and is a senior diabetes dietitian with Diabetes Victoria. He is also the director of his online private practice ‘Master Nutrition’, which specialises in his two favourite areas of nutrition, diabetes nutrition and sports nutrition.   

When Tim isn’t working, he enjoys spending time with his young family, drinking coffee and watching all kinds of sports (not necessarily in that order). Occasionally, he still pulls on the running shoes, when his body allows it.

Tim McMaster, APD

Supporting resources

Durability of a primary care-led weight-management intervention for remission of type 2 diabetes: 2-year results of the DiRECT open-label, cluster-randomised trial

Intensive lifestyle intervention for remission of early type 2 diabetes in primary care in Australia: DiRECT-Aus

Nuts in the prevention and management of type 2 diabetes

Associations between plant-based dietary patterns and risks of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and mortality: A systematic review and meta-analysis

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