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12 Jan 2005

Metabolic Syndrome
Dr Diet Doc

I have been diagnosed with Metabolic Syndrome. Have to go on a low fat diet and exercise. Which is fine. What I need to know is I love having my cereal in the mornings. What can I use to replace sugar? I believe these sweetners are not good to take. Please can you help me here?
Also, I cannot afford to see a dietician as I am not on medical aid.
Where on the net can one get a diet to follow for this problem.


Many thanks for being there to help us.

Marge
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DietDoc
DietDoc

01 Jan 0001

Dear Marge
I apologise for only answering your question today, but I had to have an operation last Wednesday, and although I informed the boffins who administer the Message Board, they failed to block incoming messages while I was in hospital.
Thank you for your kind words. I am sorry to hear about your diagnosis. Metabolic syndrome is quite a difficult condition to treat (you need a low-fat, low-saturated fat, low-cholesterol diet and one that is high in carbohydrates with a low glycaemic index), which is one of the reasons why I always recommend that patients with MS should consult a clinical dietitian to help them sort out this complex set of dietary requirements. If you really can't afford one consultation with a clinical dietitian, then I can only suggest that you use the low-fat, high-fibre Slimming Diet on this Website (click on 'Diet' at the top of this page, 'Weight loss' , ‘The right approach' and then on 'Slimming Diet' for a copy) together with your exercise. Also click on 'Diet' and 'Weight loss' and 'The right approach' and read the articles on the GI.
You can use artificial sweeteners on your low-GI cereal in moderate quantities.
Best regards
DietDoc
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