Our expert says:
If you suffer from insulin resistance (IR) and high cholesterol and have a history of diabetes in your family, then it is essential for you 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: www.adsa.org.za and click on "Find a Dietitian" to find a dietitian in your area. I understand that this is going to be difficult, but make arrangements that the next time you visit the nearest town where there is a dietitian, that you make an appointment to see her/him. The dietitian will take your IR, medications and other conditions such as overweight and raised cholesterol, into account when working out an individual diet prescription 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’. Regular daily aerobic exercise for at least 30 min per day can also help you to improve your insulin and glucose levels and promote weightloss. If you suffer with a bad back then swimming may be the only option. If there is a swimming pool at the mine, then I would recommend that you start swimming as soon as you get more mobile. But the most important thing is to get to see a dietitian, because patients with IR need to have individual diets worked out for their condition.
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