It can be daunting when your doctor announces that you have Diabetes, or are on the way there (Pre-Diabetes or Insulin Resistance)! Making changes to your diet is an important part of managing and possibly reversing these conditions. Many people with PCOS also have Insulin Resistance, so many of the dietary recommendations are similar.
Research shows that the more whole and plant-based foods you eat, the better your health outcomes in terms of lowering blood sugars, improving insulin sensitivity, losing weight, lowering fat in the blood and reducing cardiovascular damage.
Some of the things we can help you with:
- understanding the role of insulin and how to manage your diet if your insulin isn’t working effectively, or isn’t being produced
- knowing foods and drinks that cause your blood sugars to rise – it’s not just about sugar and carbohydrates
- incorporating foods into your diet that help stabilise your blood sugars to reduce sugar spikes
- learn what the Glycaemic Index of foods means and whether it’s always actually important
- understand the role of plant foods for your condition and health
- learn about the health benefits from foods containing antioxidants, omega-3s, fibre and anti-inflammatory properties
- managing food cravings (e.g. for sugary foods)
- reduce potential inflammation in your body by limiting inflammatory foods and
- increasing anti-inflammatory foods
- timing of meals and snacks throughout the day
- learn how to support your liver function (an important organ required to support your body to functioning optimally)
- be aware of any specific nutrients from foods or supplements that may help you
Our dietitians who can support your condition: