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13 Jan 2006

Questions about low GI diet/hypoglycaemia.
I suspect I have reactive hypoglycaemia (I think this is the name for low blood sugar) and I have read that it is difficult to diagnose so it’s better to change your diet and see if it makes a difference. I have decided to change my diet (using books and online sources). I have the following questions:

1.There seem to be conflicting opinions/ recommendation regarding the GI of the following foods. Please clarify.
Carrots, Pumpkin & Butternut – If they have a high GI must I exclude them completely from my diet?

2. It’s been also recommended that I eat wholegrain bread, another source say all bread has high GI. Please clarify.

3. I’m also overweight – actually obese (BMI =32) will following a hypoglycaemia diet take care of my weight?

4. Do you recommend that I see a dietician, will they put me on a hypoglycaemia diet even though I don’t have a formal diagnosis?

5. Is the hypoglycaemia diet/low GI diet okay for my whole family. I have a 2 year old and a 7 months old.

Thank You
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DietDoc

01 Jan 0001

Dear Blue
If you suspect that you may suffer from reactive hypoglycaemia or even insulin resistance (a possibility if you are obese as mentioned), you can actually have a blood sugar test done to determine this, which may be an idea as it is always better to obtain a diagnosis before you embark on a specific diet. Now to answer your questions: according to the SA Glycemic Index Guide all the yellow pumpkin family (butternut and pumpkin) have a high GI. According to Australian data carrots have a moderate GI, but the authors of the Guide recommend that you regard cooked carrots as a high GI food until proved otherwise. Not all breads have a high GI, e.g. rye bread and seedbread are low GI. However, one does not only eat foods because of their GI value and combining foods (e.g. adding margarine or cheese or meat to bread or eating pumpkin or carrots with a stew), will lower the GI of the meal. You will find that using a diet primarily based on foods with a low GI will help with the weight. Combine such a diet with regular exercise to normalise your blood sugar levels. I would recommend that you consult a dietitian because as you may have noticed, using the low GI diet is tricky and requires some guidance and support. The whole family can use a low GI diet, but of course the 7 month-old child would still be mainly drinking milk and/or formula. The dietitian will be able to advise you on the latter.
Best regards
DietDoc
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