Meet our Type 2 Diabetes Experts

Diabetes Experts
Diabetes Experts

When you’re living with type 2 diabetes, there are many things you could be worried about. From what you can eat throughout the day or the best ways to manage your condition day-to-day and throughout the year.

That’s why we’ve gathered together our experts who can give you their advice and support, and possibly answer questions you might have had.


Our Experts

Dr Hazel Wallace

Dr. Hazel Wallace a.k.a The Food Medic

“My name is Dr. Hazel Wallace, and I am founder of The Food Medic The Food Medic is a product of who I am and what I do; I’m a practicing doctor with a special interest in nutrition and lifestyle medicine, and a qualified personal trainer.

The Food Medic is an educational platform and media group founded by Dr. Hazel Wallace. Our aim is to bridge the gap between traditional medical advice and the latest thoughts and developments in nutrition and other areas of lifestyle.”


Pareena Patel Pharmacist from LloydsPharmacy

“I have always been fascinated by how medication helps our body fights diseases hence I became a pharmacist so that I could work within the community to help people make the most out their medication and understand their medical conditions.

Being a community pharmacist is rewarding as I am often the first port of call for patients, allowing me to help and advise patients on a range of ailments, often saving them from a trip to their GP. I have been a qualified pharmacist for four years now and I still continue to enjoy meeting new people and building trust with patients, having a positive impact on their health and wellbeing.”



Dr. Hazel Wallace gives you healthy meal ideas for managing diabetes

Why not try some of Hazel Wallace’s suggestions:

  • Breakfast – Muesli or porridge oats with fresh fruit and nuts
  • Mid-morning snack – Carrot and cucumber sticks with hummus, Apple slices with peanut butter or Popcorn sprinkled with cinnamon
  • Lunch - Avocado on toast or an open sandwich with tomato and fresh vegetables
  • Treat - Piece of dark chocolate, strawberries, peanut butter and rice cakes or homemade trail mix
  • Dinner - Vegetarian Chilli (by Hazel Wallace)
  • Dessert – Greek yoghurt and berries or stewed apple crumble

Dr. Hazel Wallace explains whether you can follow a vegan diet when living with diabetes

Things to remember:

  1. A well planned vegan diet can give you all the nutrients you need, but you may want to supplement vitamin B12
  2. Think tofu, nut milks, lentil casseroles and veggie burgers
  3. Try to cook from home so you know you’re getting a balanced meal
  4. Make sure to get lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, whole grains and cereals
  5. It’s still important to choose a balance of nutrient dense foods, like colourful vegetables and good quality carbohydrates.

Our Pharmacist, Pareena, gives her top tips on managing diabetes

Things to remember:

  1. Try to eat a healthy balanced diet, with everything in moderation.
  2. When exercising, try to find something you enjoy and get friends involved too
  3. Make sure you have your eight annual health checks to stay on top of your health
  4. If you need to monitor your blood glucose levels, there are products available that can help
  5. If you’ve been living with type 2 diabetes awhile, why not visit your local LloydsPharmacy for a medicines check up

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