1 October 2011

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carmen said...

i have been told by a district nurse who i go and visit for quarterly check-ups due to my type 2 diabetes that drinking coffee is very bad it stops insulin to go into my blood stream or something to that effect/. I have been to several Diabetic Lectures and Information Services and i have not heard any Diabetic Lecturer about the effects coffee has on diabetics. Is this true or false?

GI Group said...

Hi Carmen, we most recently looked at the coffee question in some detail a year or so ago. Here is the link to post into your browser: http://ginews.blogspot.com/2010/01/news-briefs_02.html

If you are concerned, we would suggest chatting to your diabetes educator or dietitian about this.

Unknown said...

Hi, I have been following the Low GI diet since June of this year and have lost 40lbs. I did not think it would be so easy but it truly is. I am so happy that I stumbled on it looking for a diet that I can manage. I do work in the food industry and have found that has helped a lot in creating meals for myself and family. The only concern I have now is that I want to lose at least another 15 pounds but I seem to have hit a Plataea and I have not lost any weight for about 2 weeks. Will this pass because I do not wish to cut any more out of my daily intake because I notice that cravings do start when I do so...also I gave up coffee about 6 months ago and it is the best thing I ever did..I only had 3 cups a day but I realized that it was causing me to be agitated and nervous and in giving it up has changed that. My husband always says it is mind over matter.I guess he is right.The only other question I have for you is that I would like to know how much in total fat intake can one have a day in laymens terms. Ciao for now and thanks again.

GI Group said...

We spoke to Prof Jennie Brand-Miller and Dietitian Dr Alan Barclay about this. They say ‘plateauing ‘is common and ‘normal.’ This is because your body weighs less and you are now eating exactly the calories (kilojoules) that you need. You are right, eating less isn’t the answer. One strategy now is to up your energy expenditure, i.e.exercise, aiming for 60 minutes every day (or 20 minutes of Peak 8s) to increase the metabolic rate. Some form of resistance training to build muscle mass would be particularly good says Alan. Jennie likes Peak 8s because they are so efficient. Another option, says Jennie is to just try to maintain your current weight for a couple of months … eating to appetite … and then try for more weight loss later. Good luck and do let us know how you go.

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