Posted by: Concerned Sister | 2009-04-15

Low Blood Sugar Levels

Dear Doc

My sister went for a blood test today and her sugar levels are just below 3. I know this is not good. What makes the situation even more worrying, is the fact that she is vegetarian - completely! She doesn' t eat regularly, although she would argue this point. As the older sister, I am very concerned. Is there any way anyone can make her see that eating protein (not necessarily red meat) is beneficial to her health? I really hope you or anyone can help. Many thanks

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Dear Concerned Sister
She does not have to eat meat, but should definitely eat legumes, lentils, nuts, seeds, if possible dairy products and with a low sugar level, should try to eat at east 5 meals per day (3 regular meals with a high protein snack mid morning and mid afternoon - for example a handful of pumpkin seeds and an apple)
She may need to see a dietician to help her to work out a low GI diet that will keep her blood sugar stable.
It will also be beneficial for her to take Vit B 12 supplements.
Dr Bets

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