Diabetes

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Posted by: Angela | 2012/05/14

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weightloss plan

Hi Doc, I have recently helped my mom with a Healthly Lifestyle challenge to loose weight. Not a diet... just healthier eating like cutting out/down sugar, fat, bread... not mixing protein and carbs, taught her about good vs bad carbs etc etc

Since she has been eating better (and has already lost weight), and she says she feels better for eg since she has changed her diet, she hasn''''t needed to use a single Rennies or Eno (something she used to use daily)....

Along with all the above, she has had to decrease her insulin dosage (she said she''''s gone from 35 to 15, and still experiencing low counts when checking & mdash & mdash  she usually has high blood sugar count)
Is this a good thing or could this plan I have her on be detrimental?

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Diabetes expert

Dear Angela
The dietary changes are fine, and have obviously been beneficial as your mother’s insulin dosage has been reduced, which means her glucose control is better overall, and also her weight has got less. If she still experiences low sugar levels, then she must decrease the insulin further. Unfortunately I don’t know what type of insulin she is on, but suggest that she test in the morning as well as does some post meal tests. The morning readings should be between 4 to 6 if she has no other medical problems and her kidney function is fine. As this time of weight loss and dietary change can be quite dynamic, she should be liaising with her doctor, specifically with regards to insulin reduction. Overall her dietary changes are good, but must try and avoid the low sugar readings.

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Posted by: Ann | 2012/06/06

I am insulin resistant, please advise on what and what not to eat.

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Posted by: Diabetes Expert | 2012/05/21

Dear Angela
The dietary changes are fine, and have obviously been beneficial as your mother’s insulin dosage has been reduced, which means her glucose control is better overall, and also her weight has got less. If she still experiences low sugar levels, then she must decrease the insulin further. Unfortunately I don’t know what type of insulin she is on, but suggest that she test in the morning as well as does some post meal tests. The morning readings should be between 4 to 6 if she has no other medical problems and her kidney function is fine. As this time of weight loss and dietary change can be quite dynamic, she should be liaising with her doctor, specifically with regards to insulin reduction. Overall her dietary changes are good, but must try and avoid the low sugar readings.

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