European Journal of Nutrition

, Volume 52, Issue 7, pp 1701–1710

Do European people with type 1 diabetes consume a high atherogenic diet? 7-year follow-up of the EURODIAB Prospective Complications Study

  • Sabita S. Soedamah-Muthu
  • Nish Chaturvedi
  • John H. Fuller
  • Monika Toeller
  • EURODIAB Prospective Complications Study Group
Original Contribution



Individuals with type 1 diabetes have a high risk of developing cardiovascular diseases, and it has been reported that they consume a high atherogenic diet. We examined how nutrient intake and adherence to current European nutritional recommendations evolved in a large cohort of European individuals with type 1 diabetes over a period of 7 years.


We analysed data from the EURODIAB Prospective Complications Study, a European multicentre prospective cohort study. Standardized 3-day dietary records were employed in individuals with type 1 diabetes. One thousand one hundred and two patients (553 men, 549 women, baseline age 33 ± 10 years, duration 15 ± 9 years) had complete nutritional data available at baseline and after 7 years. We calculated mean differences in reported nutrients over time and adjusted these for age, gender, HbA1c and BMI with ANOVA models.


Compared to baseline, there were minor changes in nutrients. Reported protein (−0.35 % energy (en), fat (−1.07 % en), saturated fat (−0.25 % en) and cholesterol (−7.42 mg/1000 kcal) intakes were lower, whereas carbohydrate (+1.23 % en) and fibre (+0.46 g/1000 kcal) intakes were higher at the 7-year follow-up. European recommendations for adequate nutrient intakes were followed in individuals with type 1 diabetes for protein (76 % at baseline and 78 % at follow-up), moderately for fat (34, 40 %), carbohydrate (34, 41 %) and cholesterol (39, 47 %), but poorly for fibre (1.4, 2.4 %) and saturated fat (11, 13 %).


European individuals with type 1 diabetes consume a high atherogenic diet as few patients met recommendations for dietary fibre and saturated fat. This study showed minor changes in dietary nutrients and energy intakes over a period of 7 years. Nutrition education needs particular focus on strategies to increase dietary fibre and reduce saturated fat to exploit their potential benefit.


Type 1 diabetes mellitus Cardiovascular disease Nutritional intake Nutrients Caloric intake Dietary records EURODIAB Prospective Complications Study Dietary recommendations Re-examination Follow-up 



Analysis of variance


Body mass index


Basic metabolic rate


Diabetes control and complications trial


Diabetes and nutrition study group


European Association for the Study of Diabetes


Glycated haemoglobin


Prospective complications study


World Health Organization

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Sabita S. Soedamah-Muthu
    • 1
  • Nish Chaturvedi
    • 2
  • John H. Fuller
    • 3
  • Monika Toeller
    • 4
  • EURODIAB Prospective Complications Study Group
  1. 1.Division of Human NutritionWageningen UniversityWageningenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.International Centre for Circulatory Health, National Heart and Lung InstituteImperial College LondonLondonUK
  3. 3.Department of Epidemiology and Public HealthUniversity College LondonLondonUK
  4. 4.Department of Endocrinology, Diabetology and RheumatologyUniversity Hospital, Heinrich-Heine-UniversityDüsseldorfGermany

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