Can An Apple A Day, Keep Diabetes At Bay?

Diabetes Mellitus is emerging to be one of the most common metabolic conditions across the world. Afflicting millions in India alone, Diabetes occurs when your body is either not producing enough insulin, or not responding to the insulin produced. There are many kinds of Diabetes, like Type 1, Type 2, Gestational and so on. Unfortunately, though, there is cure or way to reverse the condition, it can only be managed. Diabetes is characterized by fluctuating blood sugar levels, it can increase rapidly and then crash. This can lead to dizziness, irritation, weakness and bewilderment. If nothing is done to manage diabetes, overtime, it could also start affecting your other organs such as liver, kidneys and eyes.

Managing Diabetes Through Diet

Now there are several effective ways of managing diabetes. One being your diet. What you eat, combined with your prescribed medicines, if any, can help check your blood sugar levels. While some of the most reliable fruits like amla, guava, kiwi et al can do wonders to keep blood sugar in check, it is about time, you give chance to your humble apple as well.  

Why Are Apples Effective In Managing Diabetes

Apples available in their juicy, crunchy varieties are famous for their bundle of antioxidants, minerals and vitamins that are crucial for maintaining overall health. They can help lower cholesterol, facilitate digestion and bowel movement, boost skin health, strengthen bones and even keep healthy balance of blood sugar levels.

Apples are high in pectin, a fibre, and that releases sugar very slowly in the bloodstream, preventing blood sugar spikes. This is because fibres take a while to break down and digest and hence the release of sugar is delayed. The pectin fibre is also crucial in regulating cholesterol.  

And that’s not all, Fructose, the natural sugar present in apples' antioxidant polyphenols also help improve the metabolic balance and slow down the rate at which sugar is absorbed into the bloodstream.

So as it turns out, maybe an apple a day can keep high blood sugar at bay. But you must know how to eat them right. Keep the skin on, if you want maximum fibres. Sprinkle some cinnamon on top to enhance its flavour and healthy quotient. You can also chop them up and use them in salads and cere