Foods That Can Help Manage Diabetes

Foods for Managing DiabetesA healthy diet plays a major role in managing diabetes; it is every bit as important as taking medication regularly and in the right doses. A new study published by the Archives of Internal Medicine suggests that choosing brown rice over white rice—one choice—may help reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. While you should definitely make sure that you have the diabetic accessories you need, one of the things you may want to look into the next time you visit the diabetic supply company of your choice is a diabetic cook book, to look into ways to incorporate some new food choices into your diet. Some straightforward choices can result in major benefits for managing your condition over the course of your life, in addition to warding off some of the side effects that are common to diabetes.

One food you should incorporate into your diet is nuts. As a category, nuts help to manage hunger and provide healthy fats, magnesium, and fiber. Many varieties of nut are believed to help reduce the risk of heart disease and help improve cholesterol levels, an issue that many with diabetes face every day. There is a common myth that since nuts are high in fat, that individuals looking to lose or maintain a healthy weight should avoid them—the truth couldn’t be farther. Small portion sizes of nuts provide heart-healthy fats and trace minerals that help the body function more efficiently. The fiber also helps diabetics in controlling insulin and blood glucose levels.

Another good choice for diabetics is plenty of leafy green vegetables. A study by Diabetes Care in 2008 found that women who ate more green, leafy vegetables had a lower risk of developing type two diabetes. The high fiber content in such vegetables is also good for helping individuals with managing weight. Of course, such vegetables also tend to be very nutritious, with calcium and other important vitamins. Of course, even if you eat leafy green vegetables, you will still need to manage your condition with medication, and monitor your blood glucose level with a home testing kit, available at most diabetic supply stores.

You should also consider adding fish high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, to your diet. Avoid unhealthy fried or breaded fish, but those with diabetes who regularly ate oily fish such as salmon, haddock, and cod, were found to have a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, as well as improved cholesterol levels. Exercise is also key in managing your diabetes—whether you have type one or type two diabetes. Exercise can increase insulin sensitivity, which, when managed properly, is good news for any diabetic. As with everything, follow your doctor’s instructions, and make sure to discuss major changes to your diet before undertaking them. Continue to monitor your blood sugar and take your medicine faithfully to get the best results. You can find resources for patients interested in more information about diet and exercise at most diabetic supply retailers and wherever diabetic accessories are sold.

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