Diabetes

The glycaemic index

The glycaemic index

The glycaemic index is an important tool for anyone trying to control his or her blood-sugar levels. DietDoc takes a look at this concept.

GI values of common foods

The following lists of GI values should be regarded as guidelines and not as absolute values. The GI is influenced by a wide variety of factors.

The glycaemic index and diabetes

One of the most important applications of the glycaemic index is its use in the control of blood sugar and insulin levels in diabetes, insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome.

Carbs debate: the importance of GI

Low-GI foods offer protection from heart disease, lead to improvement in diseases such as diabetes and bring about better weight loss than any other diet, the GI Foundation says.

Glycaemic index: the latest

Several factors determine whether a food has a low or high glycaemic index. Here are some of the latest findings, as discussed at the 2008 Nutrition Congress in Pretoria.

The glycaemic load

Right, so you've heard about the glycaemic index. But what exactly is the "glycaemic load"?

Glycaemic index: unresolved issues

The glyceamic index has become a popular tool. However, it's still a relatively new dietetic tool and there are a number of issues that need to be resolved.

SA Glycemic Index and Load Guide

Learn more about the glycaemic index and glycaemic load with The South African Glycemic Index and Load Guide published by the GI Foundation of South Africa.

Trying out a low-GI diet

I had no choice about changing my eating habits. My body had simply stopped working. It was time for a low-GI diet. This is how things have been.

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Dr. May currently works as a fulltime endocrinologist and has been in private practice since 2004. He has a variety of interests, predominantly obesity and diabetes, but also sees patients with osteoporosis, thyroid disorders, men's health disorders, pituitary and adrenal disorders, polycystic ovaries, and disorders of growth. He is a leading member of several obesity and diabetes societies and runs a trial centre for new drugs.

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