Posted by: P.C. | 2019/03/29

Diabetic sufferer struggling with weight loss problem

my girl friend is a diabetes 1 sufferer and needs to lose weight . ordinary diets makes her blood sugar level drop to low . Please suggest a suitable diet .

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- 2019/04/16

Thank you for your question.

As a Type 1 diabetic, it is important for your girlfriend to be very careful with following a diet, especially if it is a fad diet or diet which is extremely low in calories and/ or carbohydrates, as this can result in her blood sugar levels dropping dangerously low.

It is also important for her to consider a lifestyle approach which will enable her to be successful at maintaining the weight loss in the long term and optimising her overall health.

It is unfortunately too difficult to provide individualised recommendations for your girlfriend on this platform without being able to carry out a thorough assessment.

A registered dietitian will be able to provide her with a healthy, balanced, individualised plan based on her exact requirements (i.e. current weight, goal weight, types and dosages of medications, activity level and food likes and dislikes). 

She can search for a Registered Dietitian in her area on the Association for Dietetics in SA (ADSA) website:

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