Diabetes is a chronic, metabolic disease characterized by elevated levels of blood glucose, which with time leads to serious damage to the heart, blood vessels, eyes, kidneys and nerves.
Type 1 Diabetes: A chronic condition in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin. Treatment aims at maintaining normal blood sugar levels through regular monitoring, insulin therapy, diet and exercise.
- Frequent Urination.
- Increased thirst.
- Blurred Vision.
Type 2 Diabetes : A chronic condition that affects the way the body processes blood sugar. It is treatable by a medical professional.
- increased thirst,
- frequent urination,
- Blurred vision.
Certain healthy foods may help those with diabetes keep their sugar levels in check.
Blueberries according to American Diabetes Association, is “diabetes superfood” because this super healthy fruit is packed with nutrients, such as antioxidant vitamins and fiber which provide several key benefits for dealing with diabetes. Blueberries helps your body process glucose for energy, increases its sensitivity to insulin and managing blood sugar, which can help you fight diabetes.
Beans is a very healthy choice of food for anyone with diabetes. This is because they’re low in fat, a very good source of protein and lots of minerals and vitamins. they are also high in soluble fiber which is a great benefit for people with diabetes.
According to Dr. James Anderson, one of the early research pioneers on the health benefits of fiber, found that people with Type 1 diabetes were able to reduce their need for insulin by 38% just by eating beans. For those with type 2 diabetes, eating beans not only reduced their need for insulin and other diabetic medications, in some cases, almost eliminated the need for supplemental insulin.
Cabbages are a rich source of vitamin C, which reduces the risk of developing diabetes. Red cabbage is rich in anthocyanins, a natural pigment that boost insulin production. Cabbages are high in fiber, which translates to weight loss, a very important factor in fighting against diabetes.
Fish is a very healthy addition to the meal plan of any diabetic patient, especially omega-3-rich fatty fish, such as salmon, sardines, tuna, trout, tuna and mackerel. Omega-3, a type of polyunsaturated fat, can help reduce inflammation, lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of blood clots and help lower triglycerides.
(Triglycerides are a type of fat (lipid) found in your blood. When you eat, your body converts any calories it doesn’t need to use right away into triglycerides. When triglycerides are high, it ncrease the risk of heart disease and stroke. Fish is considered a very healthy food, but according to few researches, some fish may contain harmful mercury levels and other toxins. Before starting any meal plan, especially for those with diabetes, make sure to contact a dietician, to help map out the best balanced diet for you.
Flaxseed is a must-eat power food for overall health. It is high in both soluble and insoluble fiber and alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), a fatty acid that can be converted into omega-3 fatty acids which helps to reduce inflammation, lower high cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart diseases.
eating one red grapefruit daily decreased LDL (bad) cholesterol by 20 percent and decreased triglycerides by 17 percent. the body can get enough vitamin C through citrus fruits such as Red grapefruit. Red grapefruit packs more antioxidant power and has more heart benefits than the white grapefruit.
Eating broccoli could reverse the damage caused by diabetes to heart blood vessels because of the compound found in the vegetable, called sulforaphane. It helps in the reduction in high levels of molecules which cause cell damage and also help in the production of enzymes which protect the blood vessels.