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19 Jul 2005

Metformin use
Good day!

I have Poly Cystic Ovarian syndromn with high insulin levels. Currently on 850mg metformin twice a day. I am currently 3 months pregnant and my Dr wants me to go off the metformin. What kind of diet should I be following in order to stabilise my insulin levels as well as to avoid becoming diabetic?

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01 Jan 0001

Dear Puppy
Congratulations on your pregnancy. It is essential for anyone with insulin resistance or diabetes to consult a clinical dietitian, because the correct diet is one of the most important factors in treatment. Check the List of Dietitians on this Website or phone 082-593-0276 or send an e-mail to or look in your local telephone directory or Yellow Pages, to find a dietitian in your area. The dietitian will take your insulin resistance, pregnancy, medications and PCOS, 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'. Ask your doctor what type of exercise you are allowed to do and get more active, e.g. start going for brisk walks for about 30 min every day, BUT only if your doctor gives permission and it is not harmful to the baby. While on the diet site you can also click on 'Eating throughout life' and read the articles on 'Pregnancy'.
Best regards
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