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That would depend on the particular medication that you have been prescribed. It is important to have the support of your doctor and/or psychiatrist.
There would almost certainly be a Cambridge programme that you could follow.
The Cambridge Weight Plan contains approximately 500 mg of sodium per serving, or approximately 3.8g [three Cambridge products] salt per day. A doctor should be consulted if the dieter has been placed on a low sodium diet, to make sure that the sodium intake is not in excess of the doctor’s recommendation.
With your doctor’s support, you would be able to follow all Cambridge programmes. Regular thyroid function tests are recommended.
Cambridge programmes can now be used with care in people with Type 2 diabetes. The support of the client?s/patient?s doctor and specialist nurse
is essential. The higher calorie programmes are used initially, with a gradual reduction dependent on response, and medication. Weight loss, and normalization of blood glucose levels can prove extremely beneficial. People with Type 1 diabetes may occasionally be helped with the Cambridge programmes, when medication changes and monitoring of blood glucose are supervised by health care professionals.
No problem. Studies have shown that using the Cambridge Diet as the sole source of nutrition may reduce levels of blood cholesterol by as much as 25% and blood fats (triglycerides) by 40% or more. The reduction seems to be greatest in those with initial high levels. When patients returned to a normal diet levels rose again, but not to baseline levels. There is also some evidence that, following weight loss, ongoing use of the Diet as part of a healthy diet, i.e. with lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, cereals, lean meat, oily fish (e.g. salmon, herring, mackerel, etc), and unsaturated fats, may help control cholesterol levels.
There is nothing in it that will cause harm and it is certainly more nutritious than many children’s drinks, but the products are not designed for children and certainly not for 3 year olds. The GP, paediatrician or dietitian should advise in cases of this type.
Infrequent bowel movements can be a side effect of a very low calorie diet. If there is a history of constipation, it is important to use a natural bulking agent such as Cambridge Fibre, from Day one of the diet programme, as a preventative measure. There are over the counter preparations also, but the carbohydrate content of the product should be checked if in ketosis. Ensuring adequate water intake is also vital to keep things moving! One of the higher calorie programmes may be more appropriate, if constipation has been a serious problem previously. Over the counter psyllium products may also be helpful.
Many people with high blood pressure have experienced blood pressure reductions after weight-loss. Not only has there been a significant drop in blood pressure, but sometimes a decrease in medication has been required. It is very important that these people consult their doctors. The Cambridge Weight Plan taken as a sole source of nutrition, will itself cause water loss. Any artificial diuretics added to the diet could seriously deplete potassium balance and cause dizziness, weakness and fatigue. For this reason, medication having a diuretic effect should not be taken concurrently with the Cambridge Weight Plan except with the approval of a doctor.
Yes. You can take the Cambridge Weight Plan as a sole source of nutrition or at higher energy intake levels providing that your doctor agrees and signs the Medical Record Form. The Diet is low in sodium, and results in a natural water loss in the early stages. This – along with your weight loss – will invariably reduce blood pressure so your doctor may decide to adjust the dosage of any anti-hypertensive medication. Changes in medication must be supervised by a doctor ? not by yourself or your Consultant.
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease affecting the weight-bearing joints. The Cambridge Weight plan is not a “cure”, but losing excess weight helps relieve symptoms. A lighter body puts less strain on the joints and some patients find they may need less of their anti-inflammatory drugs to alleviate the symptoms.
Gout sufferers generally have raised blood levels of uric acid (hyperuricaemia) which can cause crystals of sodium urate to be deposited in the joints ? an extremely painful condition. Using the Cambridge Weight Plan as a Sole Source of nutrition may also raise uric acid levels, so if you are susceptible to gout, you could risk triggering an attack, particularly during the first few days of your diet. Anyone with a history of gout should be warned of this possibility and their doctor must sign the Medical Record Form and adjust their medication to prevent an attack while on ?Sole Source?.
Many of our products, but not all, are suitable for Coeliacs. Please discuss with your Cambridge Consultant.
The chocolate coated bars are not suitable. The presence of peanut oil is listed in the ingredients on the wrappers of all the meal bars except Chocolate. Although the Chocolate flavour bar does not have peanut oil as a separate ingredient, it does contain vegetable oil, and as such there is no absolute guarantee that peanut oil may not be present even in a minute amount. Although the sachets do not contain nuts, the manufacturing plant is not totally nut free, and there is the slight possibility of cross contamination. The Ready-made Shakes do not contain nuts. Peanut allergy can be life threatening. Those that are extremely sensitive and at serious risk of anaphylactic shock if exposed to peanut in any form are extremely scrupulous about checking ingredients.
Lactose intolerance is the inability to digest lactose (milk sugar) and is caused by a deficiency of lactase – an enzyme released by the small intestine which allows milk sugar to be absorbed into the blood stream. The Cambridge Weight Plan has a skimmed-milk base and is therefore not suitable for those with this condition. However, a range of Cambridge Diet drinks made with soy milk is available. These are suitable for those who are lactose intolerant or who have a milk allergy.
It may be helpful to take six mini meals per day instead of the three regular Cambridge Weight Plan meals, but the ingredients in the Cambridge Weight Plan will not interfere with ulcers or ulcer medication. If you are on medication for ulcers, you would need to contact your doctor, and obtain their signature on the MRF. before using the diet programmes. It may be helpful to increase medication for high acidity when following a weight loss diet.