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If you are a type 2 diabetic and are using Glucophage 500 mg twice a day then it is vital that you should be under the guidance of a registered dietitian if you want to lose weight. It is essential for anyone with insulin resistance or diabetes 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. The dietitian will take your diabetes, medications and other conditions such as overweight and raised blood lipid levels, into account when working out a diet for you, which will be based on low-fat foods with a low glycaemic index (GI). This type of diet will already cause weightloss. Click on 'Diet & Nutrition' at the top of this page and then on '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. When you consult the registered dietitian and she/he has assessed you and your diabetic diet, ask the dietitian if the use of Xenical (orlistat) or Ciplatrim (sibutramine) is indicated. Diabetics should under no circumstances take over-the-counter slimming pills as these products can interfere with your diabetic medication and cause very serious side-effects.
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