Posted by: Estelle | 2013-02-05


Went for blood test , Insulin 10.1 , should I be on medication

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Dear Estelle
It is important for you to discuss this blood test result which shows an insulin reading of 10.1 with your medical doctor and/or a specialist working in the field of diabetes and insulin resistance. The doctor will decide if you need to take medication and what type you require and at what dose. From a dietary point of view, it is essential for anyone with insulin resistance or 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: and click on "Find a Dietitian" to find a dietitian in your area. The dietitian will take your diabetes, medications and other conditions such as overweight and raised blood lipid levels, into account when working out a diet for you, which will be based on low-fat foods with a low glycaemic index (GI). Click on 'Diet & Nutrition' 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’. 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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