Our expert says:
Please be careful with Dr Cohen's diet as it is not balanced or healthy if you use it for a long time. Because your Dad suffers from diabetes he does need to see a clinical dietitian. It is essential for anyone with insulin resistance or diabetes to consult a clinical 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 Bloemfontein. The dietitian will take your Dad's diabetes (type 1 or type 2), medications (insulin?) and other conditions such as overweight and raised blood lipid levels, into account when working out a diet for him, which will be based on foods with a low-fat, 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’. Your Dad should also ask his doctor what type of exercise is may be allowed to do and get more active, e.g. start going for walks for about 30 min every day or swimming, BUT only if the doctor gives permission.
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