Our expert says:
Anyone who suffers from insulin resistance (IR) should actually 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 needs to explain how a low GI diet works and what foods you can combine in a meal to lower the GI of the meal and of your daily food intake. From your questions it is evident that the dr did not explain any of these things to you. You would need to cut back on your sugar intake and rather use an artificial sweetener like aspartame in your tea. If you eat Pronutro then combine it with low-fat or fat-free milk or yoghurt to lower the GI. And yes you can combine a low GI diet with a low fat intake, but please see the dietitian because the correct diet is the most important part of the treatment for IR. If you use the correct low GI and low-fat diet then you will lose weight. If both your parents suffer from hypertension and cholesterol problems then you may have a genetic tendency to develop one or both of these conditions as you get older, so prevention is perhaps a good idea. In the meanwhile also click on 'Diet' and 'Weight loss' and 'The right approach' and read the articles on the GI.
But see a dietitian ASAP
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