Our expert says:
If you say that you blood sugar is high every morning, then I presume you suffer from type 1 or type 2 diabetes? If you are receiving medical treatment (insulin for type 1 and tablets for type 2 diabetes), then I would firstly suggest that you visit your doctor again and tell him/her about the high blood sugar in the mornings, because it may be necessary to adjust your insulin and/or tablet dosages. Changes to your dosage or medication MUST be done under the supervision of a doctor or a competent healthcare worker. In addition to the medications it is also important to eat the correct diet. 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, into account when working out a diet for you, which will be based on foods with a low-fat, low glycaemic index (GI). Click on 'Diet & Nutrition' and '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.
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