Posted by: Panda | 2009/03/16


Diabetes or not

I am baffeld. My daughter is 29 years of age. In the last five years she has been battleing with her health. She has the symptoms of diabetis 2 but blood tests do not show any sign of it. She has gone through two pregnancies. Lost the first one at three months pregnancy, could not keep anything down, lived on creamed spinage and cola, had no energy at all, she could not get out of bed. I then after the birth of her son phoned the diabetic assosoation and was told that her symptoms were that of diabetic 2 and that it could be from shock. My son died seven years ago and this was a great shock to my daughter. We started to follow a diabetic 2 diet and low and behold the old self came back. She had energy again and lost weight, went from a 24 pants to a 18 or 20 size. We now have the three Diabetic books of Eating for sustained energy writen by Gabi Steenkamp and Liesbet Delport. which she follows The change in her is amazing. She battles though to keep at it. If she eats anything that she shouldnt she really has a bad day.
I have had her at so many docters and they recon it is not diabetes. Why then does the diet make so much diferance and why does it not show in her blood?


Expert's Reply


Diabetes expert

A healthy diet, such as those recommended in the books you mention, will achieve exactly what it is meant to do - give you sustained energy. It may be that your daughter has a sensitivity to certain types of food and that her body's carbohydrate response is exaggerated. The bottom line is that if she feels better on the healthy diet, she should follow that and really make it part of her lifestyle. I don't know what tests she had, so it is difficult to comment. If she has risk factors for diabetes such as overweight, family history, hypertension, abnormal cholesterol, etc., it may be worthwhile to go back to her doctor on an annual basis for screening for diabetes.

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