Our expert says:
If you find that the anti-depressant you are taking is having a negative effect on your blood sugar levels you must discuss this with the dr who is treating your depression. It may be possible to chance your medication or your dosage to prevent this negative side-effect. If you cannot improve the situation by a change in medication then you need to consult a clinical dietitian (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 work out a diet that helps to lower your blood sugar levels, which will be based on foods with a low glycaemic index (GI). Click on 'Diet' and 'Weight loss' and 'The right approach' and read the articles on the GI. Also click on ‘Food as Medicine' on the Diet Site and then on ‘Type 2 diabetes'. If possible start doing at least 30 min of exercise a day (running, jogging, skipping, cycling, swimming, join a gym or Walk for Life), as aerobic exercise helps to control blood sugar levels and also combats depression.
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