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Posted by: Charles | 2010/11/12

Diabetes

Can I eat sugar when diabetic?

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Dear Charles
If you suffer from diabetes (types 1 or 2) then it is essential to consult a registered dietitian, because the correct diet is one of the most important factors in treatment. Visit the Association for Dietetics in SA Website at: www.adsa.org.za and click on "Find a Dietitian" to find a dietitian in your area. From your question I deduce that you have not yet seen a dietitian and do not have an individual diet prescription for your daily food intake. The dietitian will have to advise if you can use 1-2 t of sugar on porridges for example as part of your daily carbohydrate intake. Persons with diabetes can use some sugar, but only if they understand how to use it as part of their daily food exchanges. So your first step would be to consult a dietitian and when she/he works out your diet prescription you can ask her/him to include a small amount of sugar which must be tailored to your medications, your level of activity, etc.
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Posted by: DietDoc | 2010/11/12

Dear Charles
If you suffer from diabetes (types 1 or 2) then it is essential to consult a registered dietitian, because the correct diet is one of the most important factors in treatment. Visit the Association for Dietetics in SA Website at: www.adsa.org.za and click on "Find a Dietitian" to find a dietitian in your area. From your question I deduce that you have not yet seen a dietitian and do not have an individual diet prescription for your daily food intake. The dietitian will have to advise if you can use 1-2 t of sugar on porridges for example as part of your daily carbohydrate intake. Persons with diabetes can use some sugar, but only if they understand how to use it as part of their daily food exchanges. So your first step would be to consult a dietitian and when she/he works out your diet prescription you can ask her/him to include a small amount of sugar which must be tailored to your medications, your level of activity, etc.
Best regards
DietDoc

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