Diagnosed With Pre-Diabetic Signs? Include 4 Foods In Your Diet If You Have Diabetes
- Juhi Kumari
Updated : January 20, 2022 05:01 IST
People with diabetes are advised to follow a diet rich in fruits, veggies, and proteins. Living with diabetes means you need to ditch sugary and starchy carbohydrates partially.
Diabetes is a chronic condition that affects the use of sugar for energy in your body. If you have diabetes, your body requires utmost care. You need to figure out which food is best to eat wisely. The most crucial goal behind picking a food item should be to control your blood sugar level to prevent the onset of severe complications, including heart diseases. People with diabetes are advised to follow a diet rich in fruits, veggies, and proteins. Living with diabetes means you need to ditch sugary and starchy carbohydrates partially. Even when having them, keep monitoring the total amount of carbohydrates consumed during a meal. Below, we tell you about a list of food items that should be a part of your daily diet if you have developed diabetes or suffer from pre-diabetic symptoms, including darkening of the skin on various aspects of your body, increased thirst, and increased frequency of urination.
Being great sources of omega-3 fatty acids, namely DHA and EPA, fatty fishes including salmon, herring, mackerel, etc., can keep your heart healthy and prevent the onset of heart complications like stroke, heart attack, etc. Notably, DHA and EPA improve your artery function by reducing any marker of inflammation. Also, fatty fishes are packed with protein, a nutrient that is effective in blood sugar regulation.
Green Leafy Vegetables
Veggies like kale, spinach, etc., are low in calories and rich in nutrients. They contain vitamin C, which acts as a potent antioxidant. It protects your body from inflammation. Also, people with diabetes are usually vitamin C deficient, and therefore, they must add green leafy veggies to their daily diet. Notably, cataracts and macular degeneration are two significant complications of diabetes. Green leafy vegetables contain two antioxidants, namely lutein and zeaxanthin, that protect your eyes and prevent the conditions mentioned earlier.
Avocados are super nutritious and perfect for people with diabetes to have. This fruit is a prime source of healthy fat, fibre and contains very few carbohydrates. Its sugar content is less than 1 gram. That is why it is considered suitable for lowering your blood sugar level. Daily consumption of avocado can improve your BMI, says a study published in the journal Nutrition.
As per the study printed in the journal Nutrients, eggs improve insulin sensitivity and decrease inflammation in the body. They are also known to increase the level of HDL (good) cholesterol. Moreover, just like green vegetables, eggs also contain antioxidants, namely lutein and zeaxanthin, good for your eye health.