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Q. Do you have a Diabetes Education program?
A. Yes!

  • The Sunnybrook diabetes education program (SUNDEC) is staffed by a registered dietitian and a nurse- practitioner. We offer group classes to clients with Type 2 Diabetes.
  • The dietitian will talk about:
    • Nutrition guidelines for healthy living with diabetes.
    • These guidelines include recommendations for blood glucose & lipid management and achieving and maintaining a healthy weight. 

Q. How can I register for the program?
A.  Have your doctor fax a referral to 416-480-6038 for the SUNDEC program

Q. What foods can affect my blood sugars?

A. Many foods can affect blood sugars. One group of food which has a large affect is carbohydrates. Carbohydrates include sweets, fruits and fruit juices, milk, yogurt and starchy foods (such as bread, potatoes, rice and pasta).

Q. What is the diabetes “diet?”

A. Dietary recommendations for people with diabetes are the same for people without diabetes. They are encouraged to:

  • Eat a variety of foods
  • Emphasize whole grain products, fruits and vegetables
  • Choose low fat dairy products, leaner meats, and foods prepared with little or no fat
  • Limit salt, alcohol and caffiene
  • Portion sizes are also very important. This is something your diabetes dietitian will review with you.

Q. What are the recommended blood sugars for someone with Diabetes?

A. The targets for blood glucose are 4-7mmol/L before a meal and 5-10mmol/L  two hours after a meal.

Location and contact

Clinical Nutrition

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
2075 Bayview Avenue,
H-wing, 3rd floor,
room H314
Toronto, ON M4N 3M5

Current Patients *

Phone: 416-480-4222   

* Please note that due to regulations, reception may not be able to provide information directly, but can hopefully put post-discharge patients in touch with the Registered Dietitian that provided care.

SUNDEC appointments

Phone: 416-480-4805

Patient Food Services

Phone: 416-480-6100 ext. 62390