Our expert says:
As a type 1 diabetic using insulin you cannot change over to a fruit and vegetable diet as this can be highly dangerous. The fruit and vegetables will not sustain your blood sugar levels adequately and you may develop a hypoglycaemic coma. For your own sake, Please consult a registered dietitian, because the correct diet is one of the most important factors in the treatment of diabetes and weightloss. 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, type of insulin and dosage, and other conditions such as overweight, 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' 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.
Under No circumstances should you as a type 1 diabetic go on a slimming diet that has not been individually designed by a registered dietitian.
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