Dukan Diet: The Importance of Seeking Medical Advice

About half the people contacting me to ask a question do so via the comments section at the bottom of any of my posts and their questions and and my replies can be read on the site.  The other half contact me via email using the Contact page and their questions and my replies are not published.  I have made a lot of the more common questions into posts but it struck me today that there is a lot of interesting and useful information contained in these questions and answers but either the questions and answers aren’t published or they are quite well hidden in over 1,100 comments on the site.

I replied by email to a person recently who had just started the diet five days before but was extremely constipated in spite of having taken laxatives.  One of the pieces of information provided by this person was that they had suffered from bowel cancer many years ago and had poor bowel muscle tone.  Given their medical history I suggested that this person seek the advice of their doctor on how to treat this problem.

As I was replying to this email I thought about the other questions I’ve received from others who have been following the Dukan Diet that had medical conditions, such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, heart problems and so on, whilst another was hoping to start IVF treatment. What has surprised me is the number of these people who did not the approval of their doctor before starting the Dukan Diet.  So this is why I’ve decided to use this post to remind everyone of the importance of seeking medical advice before starting the Dukan Diet or any other diet.

Whilst there aren’t many circumstances where a doctor would not actively encourage an overweight or obese person to lose weight, using the standard Dukan Diet to achieve this weight loss may not always be the appropriate way.

I do know that some people have successfully adapted the Dukan Diet to fit their medical conditions with the advice of their doctors, for example adding additional fiber to maintain bowel movements.  These adaptations do sometimes slow down the speed of weight loss but it is better to lose weight more slowly than risk aggravating  a medical condition.



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