Our expert says:
I am sorry to hear that you have been diagnosed with diabetes (type-2 I presume?). Eating a very-low-carb diet will keep your blood glucose levels low, but the problem is that the human 'machine' runs on carbs as a primary energy source even if you are diabetic. So I am concerned about the following: a) Will this diet you are using provide you with enough energy to start doing intensive exercise? b) Are you not ingesting more kJ than required for weightloss (that latter should improve your BG and other symptoms), c) Are you going to develop deficiencies of nutrients such as vitamin C and certain B complex vitamins? d) Is you intake of 'hidden' fat from the protein not going to exacerbate raised blood fat levels which often accompany diabetes, e) Will you get severely constipated if you don't ingest any dietary fibre? All these concerns are addressed by what is know as a low-fat, low-glycaemic index (GI) diet which is usually prescribed for patients with diabetes or insulin resistance (IR). Such a diet contains appreciable amounts of low-GI carbs which would provide you with fuel for exercise, dietary fibre to prevent constipation, B complex vits, etc. However, the application of the low-fat, low-GI diet can be tricky which is why it is essential for all patients with diabetes or IR to consult a registered dietitian (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 help you get acquainted with the low-fat, low-GI diet and also explain how to distribute the low-GI carbs over the day so that you do not lack energy. For your own sake, please consult a registered dietitian. To read more about the GI and diabetes, click on 'Diet’nFood' and 'Weight loss' and 'The Glycaemic Index'. Also click on ‘Food as Medicine' on the Diet Site and then on ‘Type 2 diabetes’.
Do start doing exercise as soon as possible, but first check with the doctor who diagnosed your diabetes as to what type of exercise you are allowed to do.
Holding thumbs that you can start losing and will be able to control your blood glucose and energy levels with a more balanced diet.
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