Our expert says:
It is important that all diabetics consult a registered dietitian, because the correct diet is one of the most important factors in treatment. If the person in question has not consulted a dietitian for his diabetic diet prescription, please 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. Once the dietitian has worked out a diet for the patient, which will be based on foods with a low glycaemic index (GI), and explained which foods he needs to eat and when, you will be able to provide packed lunches for the patient. Ask the dietitian to provide examples of diabetic lunchboxes that are tailored to the needs of this specific patient. In the meanwhile, click on 'Diet’nFood' 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’. Until we know how many carbohydrate, protein and fat exchanges the patient requires during the day, it is difficult to make any general recommendations. So please see a dietitian or if you have already consulted a dietitian, check with her/him about the type of foods and portions the patient needs to take along to work.
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