Our expert says:
It is absolutely essential for anyone with type 1 diabetes 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. The dietitian will take your mother-in-law's diabetes, her medications and other conditions such as overweight and raised blood lipid levels, into account when working out a diet for her, which will be based on foods with a low-fat content and low glycaemic index (GI). Click on 'Diet' and 'Weight loss' and 'The Glycaemic Index' and read the articles on the GI. Also click on ‘Food as Medicine' on the Diet Site and then on ‘Type 2 diabetes’. Once your mother-in-law's blood sugar levels have stabilised, she can ask the doctor what type of exercise she is allowed to do and get more active, e.g. start going for brisk walks for about 30 min every day, BUT only if her doctor gives permission and if her insulin doses are adjusted to accommodate additional physical activity.
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