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Posted by: lil | 2011/01/06

Diabetes - high blood sugar

Hi, my mother in law has type one diabetes....she doesnt know what to do anymore because she cant figure out what she eats that raises her blood sugar levels to approx 17..this happens a lot and i would like to help her manage her sugar. this afternoon she ate a low GI seed bread slice with maragarine (very little), tomato (2slices), lettuce, a little grated cheese (cheddar), a slice of ham and drank coffee with milk, no sugar. beFore dinner last night she injected insulin and about an hour afterwards she ate snoek, three bean salad with salad dressing, and a few fresh potato fries. After a while she started to feel very hot, so bad that she was covered in sweat and after dinner could not keep her eyes open...she looked very tired and we took her home...after a while she was fine again...but fell asleep very quickly...as she normally doesnt sleep very well. She says this happens to her a lot and every time she thinks o.k now im eating correctly then this high blood sugar level hits her again...please help. obviously her doctor cant help her. thanks.p.s she stays in klerksdorp

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Dear Lil
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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Posted by: lil | 2011/01/07

Thanks so much. i will definitely do that.

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Posted by: DietDoc | 2011/01/07

Dear Lil
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.
Best regards
DietDoc

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