Diabetes has different forms and imposes several restrictions. The specific restrictions depend on the type of diabetes you are diagnosed with and the specially-planned-diet you accordingly follow. But among other restrictions, it requires you to control your sugar consumption and strictly follow the diet and other instructions. These help to control your diabetes and avoid unnecessary complications (related to and including heart, eyes, feet, brain, wound healing).
In general, the following foods are suggested for inclusion in the diet of diabetic patients:-
(a) Apples: Studies have shown that this fruit reduces the risk of developing “Type 2 Diabetes”. In addition, they facilitate in slowing down the rate of sugar release into the blood and control the general blood-sugar-level.
(b) Blueberries: These have high fiber content and this helps in keeping your blood-sugar at the required level. In addition, it reduces the risk of developing “Type 2 Diabetes”.
(c) Cranberries: They are recommended as part of diabetic diets because they contain “phytonutrients”. Studies reveal that they lower the risk of heart disease by reducing bad cholesterol and increasing good cholesterol.
(d) Avocado: Studies have shown that especially women are less likely to develop “Type 2 Diabetes” if they eat avocados. They additionally reduce the risk of you having heart disease.
(e) Melons: Melons protect you against heart disease and as they are rich in Vitamin A they increase eye-related health.
(f) Grapefruit: They reduce bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol levels and help in controlling blood pressure.
(a) Asparagus: Asparagus helps diabetic patients to control their blood-sugar-level and increases the production of insulin. It also plays a key role lowering the risk of heart disease.
(b) Broccoli: This vegetable falls into the category of “cruciferous vegetables”, which have high levels of sulfur-containing-compounds. Studies have shown that such vegetables like broccoli reduce heart disease and help in increasing cardiovascular health.
(c) Carrots: Carrots very importantly have “beta-carotene”, which decreases the risk of developing “Type 2 Diabetes”, especially for genetically predisposed persons.
(d) Garlic: This is particularly used to control high levels of cholesterol and blood pressure. It also has a role to play in the treatment of heart disease and prevention of stroke.
(e) Kale and spinach: They are a green leafy vegetable and known to decrease the risk of developing “Type 2 Diabetes”.They also contribute to increasing eye-related health.
3. Beans and nuts
Beans are a good source of protein and fiber and can control increases in blood-sugar-levels. They can lower blood pressure and risk of having a stroke. Nuts can also control blood-sugar-levels, and assist in fighting heart disease that is a problem faced by patients with diabetes.
Seeds such as Flaxseed have a number of advantages including the fact that it can be converted into Omega-3. This reduces heart-related and blood pressure-related problems as well as inflammation. It contains antioxidants that help in preventing heart disease. For those with “Type 2 Diabetes”, it lowers hemoglobin “A1C” and bad cholesterol levels and helps control blood pressure.
Spices such as cinnamon help you to control your blood-sugar-level. In addition, studies reveal that it decreases the chances of having heart disease.
Fish such as salmon are recommended, as they are rich in Omega-3. Studies have linked this with reductions in problems including abnormal heartbeats/arrhythmias, inflammation and those specifically related to blood pressure.
7. Other foods
(a) Tea: Tea contains antioxidants which lessen the risk of heart disease improves cholesterol by increasing bad and decreasing good cholesterol levels.
(b) Oatmeal: Oatmeal is nutritious and has high fiber content.This reduces bad cholesterol and prevents heart disease.
From the points above it be can see that several different varieties food can be included in your diet. But it is important to remember that only your doctor can prescribe the exact types, combinations,and quantities. Strictly following your diet chart prevents problems and helps you to live life properly.