Our expert says:
It is 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 type 1 diabetes, the medications you are using (type of insulin, the dosage, etc) and other conditions such as overweight, into account when working out an individual diet prescription for you, which will be based on foods with a low-fat 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’. Please note that the diabetic diet on this Website is not intended for type 1 diabetics. Ask your doctor what type of exercise you are allowed to do and get more active, e.g. start going for brisk walks for about 30 min every day, BUT only if your doctor gives permission.
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