Diabetes & Poor Appetite


Many people with illness find there are times when they cannot eat as much as usual and they may lose weight.  There are lots of reasons why this happens, e.g. loss of appetite, feeling full quickly, effects of treatments, worry or any combination of these.

 Eating well helps you to avoid losing weight, and helps your body re-build damaged tissues, fight infection, cope with the side effects of treatment and most importantly enable you to control your diabetes.


If you are not eating as well as you would normally, the following tips may help you to eat more.


Try to eat small, frequent meals and snacks e.g. every two hours.  Here are some snack ideas:


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Try not to get out of the habit of eating.  Regular meals will actually help to stimulate your appetite.




Be positive about what you eat - every extra mouthful helps.










Other ideas:


You can 'fortify' your milk and increase its calories by adding dried milk powder:-



Add 2 oz (4 tablespoons) of milk powder such as Marvel or '5 Pints' to 1 pint of whole milk.  This can be used in the usual way in drinks, on cereals, in sauces and puddings.


You can grate cheese and add to soup, mashed potato, savoury sauces and vegetables.


Evaporated milk can be added to soups, tinned fruit, instant pudding, diet yoghurts, porridge.


Remember - try to have as wide a variety of foods as possible but if your appetite is very poor you can try enriched drinks such as Build Up or Complan.  These can be a useful supplement if you are not managing well at your meal times.


Even if you are unwell or feeling run down, you must try to eat and drink regularly.  If you continue to be concerned about your diet and weight loss despite following this advice, contact your dietitian who will be able to advise you further.