A Guide to Diabetes Diet

Diabetes is a chronic metabolic disorder where body becomes unable to convert starches, sugars and several other foods into energy. Most of the foods we consume are converted into glucose during digestion. The bloodstream then carries this glucose throughout the body. insulin is a hormone which converts this glucose into energy, or the glucose gets stored in the cells for future use. For diabetic people, the body is either unable to make insulin, or cannot utilize it efficiently, which results in very high levels of glucose in the bloodstream.

Some of the symptoms of type 1 and type 2 diabetes such as frequent urination, bruises and sores that heal slowly, numbness or tingling sensation in feet and hands extreme hunger and thirst, unexplained weight loss, and unusual drowsiness or tiredness are common.

What is a diabetes Diet.

To manage diabetes, it is essential to consume certain foods, and some food items must be avoided. Salt is one of the worst culprits, hence diabetic people must try to minimize the intake of inorganic salt. Table sugar is nothing but empty calories and body requires additional calcium just to digest the extra sucrose. Try to substitute the artificial sources with natural sugar such as honey.

Bitter gourd must be an essential part of diabetes diet as it is a rich source of good dose of plant insulin which helps lower down the level of blood sugar in the body. You can drink the juice of few bitter gourds first thing in the morning on the empty stomach, and bitter gourd can also be eaten as a cooked vegetable. Fenugreek is also an essential ingredient of diabetes diet and is widely used to keep the diabetes under control. You can swallow the seeds with a glass of water. You can also soak the seeds overnight and drink the remaining water in the morning. Fenugreek leaves can also be eaten as sprouted or in the powdered form. The seeds of fenugreek can be mixed with the wheat flour.

Indian blackberry can be a part of diabetes diet as it is known to control and prevent diabetes. The stone of Indian blackberry contains glucoside which prevents the starch from getting converted into sugars. The stone can be powdered and then eaten.

Garlic is an important ingredient of diabetes diet as it effectively controls the levels of sugar in the blood. It is a good source of potassium, and it replaces the potassium which goes out of the body through urine. Garlic is also a good source of sulphur and zinc and diabetic people should eat 3-4 flakes of freshly crushed garlic every day.

Onion works well against diabetes as it has digestive and diuretic properties. Raw onion is more beneficial. Flaxseed is a rich source of Omega 3 fatty acids, and must be a part of diabetic diet.

Soluble fiber found in apples, kidney beans, oatmeal soybean etc. helps keep the diabetes in control. These foods should be added to the diabetes diet as they aid slow absorption of nutrients. They allow glucose to be slowly and steadily released in the body. These foods also absorb the excessive bile acids that are present in the intestinal tract and they also help empty the stomach, and provide the feeling of satiety.

Water extract of cinnamon can be used for glucose metabolism and reduce the level cholesterol. Just boil the cinnamon sticks in the water and drink it daily for few days.

Diabetes has been associated with several conditions like heart disease, immune deficiency, diabetic retinopathy and kidney disease. Some of these diseases are caused by the damage to free radicals, hence you need to ensure that you take enough antioxidants in your daily diet in order to control the blood sugar levels.

Consuming the right diabetes diet and exercising regularly are essential for managing the condition. Plan the diabetes diet along with your doctor and add foods that provide relief from the diabetes symptoms and many other complications associated with it.

Always consult your doctor before using this diabetes information.

This Article is nutritional in nature and is not to be construed as medical advice.

Posted under Cooking Foods and Diets

This post was written by TKB_Editor on October 8, 2014

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