Our expert says:
I am so sorry to hear that you have insulin resistance (IR) on top of your asthma. As I mentioned, this could be either genetic seeing that your dear Mom is diabetic, or a side-effect of the cortisone. But as you mentioned at least the cortisone keeps you alive. Now this does not mean that you will automatically develop diabetes. Provided you eat a low-GI diet and do plenty of exercise every day (select a type of exercise that you can do without making your asthma worse), then you should lose weight and prevent the IR developing into diabetes. Now as I also said, it is very important to at least see a dietitian once (this should not cost too much) so that the dietitian can help you with the low-GI, low-fat diet. I don't know where you live, but if you are in Gauteng please phone Hilda Lategan, a dietitian who is an expert in IR and diabetes and has published 2 diabetic cookbooks. Contact her on (012) 546-6410) or send her an e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org . In the meanwhile do read up on the principles of the glycaemic index on this Website by clicking on 'Diet' and 'Weight loss' and 'The Glycaemic Index'. Eating a low-fat, low-GI diet does not mean that you need to starve or cut out all potatoes, but it is quite a tricky concept to apply so that is why I would really urge you to save up to see a dietitian. Your IR does explain why you are very tired, irritable and have dizzy spells and cravings - these are all symptoms of not being able to utilise your blood sugar properly.
For your own sake please get to see a dietitian.
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