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15 Jan 2003

Diabetic Diet- Ideal number of meals
My dad is 55 years old and is diabetic. He is also vegetarian (no eggs, no fish). We are uncertain as to whether 4-5 small meals are preferable to three large meals. Have received contradictory advice.

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01 Jan 0001

Dear Reshma
It is always a good idea for diabetics to consult a clinical dietitian (phone (012) 998-5650 (mornings) to find your nearest dietitian) because it is better to have the dietitian work out a personalised diet for the patient to take his special needs into consideration (age, weight, type of diabetes, medication, exercise, other health problems, food likes and dislikes, etc). The spacing of meals depends on the type of diabetes your Dad has - if he has to use insulin then the dietitian will work out what he needs to eat and when. The smaller meals works well for people who have to lose weight or suffer from hypoglycaemia, but may not be desirable with his type of medication, whereas permitted snacks may well be allowed. So let him have that consultation, it really is worth it.
Best regards
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