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31 Jan 2008

DR. Cohen's Diet
Good Doc

I just need to know if Dr. Cohen's diet is the way to go, i need to join them so that i can loose weight. Briefly he needs you to do blood test and creat a programme from that. But does not people who are diabetic and on Glucophage, that is what confuse me because i am Type 2 diabetic and can benefit if i loose weight.

Please be fair and tell the truth before i loose the money (1600).

Thanks in advance.
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01 Jan 0001

Dear Dell
If you are a type 2 diabetic and using Glucophage then I would strongly advise you NOT to use a high-protein, high-fat diet to lose weight. You will be doing yourself and your health and your diabetic control a great deal of harm. Please rather use the money to consult a clinical dietitian (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 your diabetes, medications and other conditions such as overweight, into account when working out a diet for you, which will be based on foods with a low glycaemic index (GI). Click on 'Diet' and 'Weight loss' and 'The right approach' and read the articles on the GI. Also click on ‘Food as Medicine' on the Diet Site and then on ‘Type 2 diabetes'. Regular aerobic exercise is also essential to treat your diabetes and overweight. Try doing 30 or more minutes of exercise every day (running, jogging, skipping, cycling, swimming, join a gym or Walk for Life), to lose that weight and get your blood sugar and insulin levels normalised.
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