Our expert says:
It is essential for anyone with insulin resistance (IR) 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 IR, medications and other conditions such as overweight, into account when working out a diet for you, which will be based on low-fat foods with a low glycaemic index (GI). Click on 'Diet' 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’. When you read the articles on this Website you will notice that some foods such as wholewheat and brown bread do not have a low GI, which may come as a surprise. To be able to judge which foods are low-GI, you need to buy the SA Glycemic Index and Load Guide. If you visit the Website of the Glycemic Index Foundation at: www.gifoundation.com you will see that you can order the book via the Website as well as other books that describe the low-GI diet ins greater detail. Regular daily aerobic exercise for at least 30 min per day can also help you to improve your insulin and glucose levels, so start doing an aerobic exercise (running, jogging, skipping, cycling, swimming, join a gym or Walk for Life).
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