Healthy eating is important for everyone, whether you have diabetes or not. As there is no specific "diabetic" diet, it's best to see a dietician who can advise you according to your individual needs and circumstances. However, there are some basic guidelines that you can follow.
Diet tips and guidelines
According to the International Diabetes Federation, you need to reduce the size of your waistline if it exceeds 80cm (if you're a woman), and 94cm (if you're a man). Fat cells that accumulate around your abdominal area release substances called free fatty acids that reduce the sensitivity of the body's cells to insulin. Abdominal fat cells are especially dangerous as they are metabolically more active and increase your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, as well as heart disease and high blood pressure. Although these three conditions often co-exist, a heart attack is one of the main, often fatal, complications associated with type 2 diabetes.
For more information, you can also contact the Diabetes Association of South Africa at 011 886 3721 or visit www.diabetessa.co.za.