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20 Jul 2011

insulin deficiency
My daughter (25) just keeps putting on weight. She has had her thyroid checked, she has had various blood tests done, the last diagnosis was insulin deficiency. She just keeps on putting on weight and this could have far reaching affects. Is there anything that you could recommend we do to help her as I know this is affecting her self esteem.

Thank you.
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01 Jan 0001

Dear Marlene
Insulin resistance is one of the prime reasons why people tend to gain weight and also resist attempts at weightloss. You are quite correct that this can have fat reaching results as regards your daughter's future health and psychological makeup. 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: and click on "Find a Dietitian" to find a dietitian in your area. The dietitian will take her IR, medications and other conditions such as overweight, into account when working out a diet for her, 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’. Regular daily aerobic exercise for at least 30 min per day can also help your daughter to improve her insulin and glucose levels, so encourage her to start doing an aerobic exercise (running, jogging, skipping, cycling, swimming, join a gym or Walk for Life) as soon as possible.
Holding thumbs that your daughter will now lose weight and get back to being a happy 25-year-old.
Best regards
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