Diabetes is a disease that occurs when the blood contains too much glucose. Curing it is impossible, but reducing its manifestation to a minimum and preventing accompanying illnesses can be done through proper nutrition.
Everyone knows that diabetics should be eating foods with a low glycemic index. Therefore, one should not eat sweets, sugar, honey, cookies, corn syrup and refined starch.
Experts identified 11 products that are best suited for diabetics. They can also prevent one from having diabetes. Now we will consider them. Check them all out and make sure to include them in your diet.
Good news for curry lovers: as shown by a recent study published in the journal Combating Diabetes, curcumin - a substance that is part of turmeric, can delay and even completely stop the development of diabetes.
Among people who eat at least 10 grams of nuts a day, 5% less often have a metabolic syndrome - a combination of risk factors that can lead to type 2 diabetes, according to a study conducted in 2011 at the University of Louisiana.
#3. Cheese and yogurt
People who eat heavily fermented foods such as yogurt, kefir and cheese are 12% less likely to get diabetes, compared to people who drink just milk, according to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. The fact is, that fermentation splits casein - milk protein, one of the most complex proteins for our assimilation - and promotes digestion.
British scientists have found that strawberry extract helps the body to activate proteins that significantly reduce the level of lipids and LDL cholesterol (the so-called "harmful" cholesterol) in the blood. Both of these substances, for your information, can lead to the appearance of type 2 diabetes.
#5. Red wine
A Polish survey of modern research has shown that resveratrol, a substance contained in the skin of red grapes, is an excellent aid in regulating blood sugar levels: it helps to produce insulin and lower glucose levels.
According to a British Medical Journal study, those who regularly eat chocolate are 31% less likely to have diabetes, not to mention a 37% reduction in the risk of developing cardiovascular disease and a 29% lower risk of stroke, than someone who does not eat chocolate.
Consumption of cinnamon can reduce the glucose in your blood, according to a 2011 study conducted by the University of California at Davis. Among other things, cinnamon helps reduce "harmful" cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood, as well as the production of insulin.
A study published in the April issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that eating a large amount of anthocyanin rich fruits such as apples, pears and blueberries reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes by 23%.
You probably know that green, leafy vegetables are real food power plants, but do you know that they are also able to reduce the risk of developing diabetes? According to a 2011 study published in the British Medical Journal, eating just one serving of lettuce a day helps reduce the risk of developing diabetes by 14%.
#10. Wheat bran
An article published in 2011 in the journal Combating Diabetes confirmed the prevailing view that magnesium intake reduces the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, especially if you are overweight. This mineral can be found in many vegetables and whole grains, but most of it is found in wheat bran.
Of course, this is not food, but it is a vital substance for your body. French scientists conducted a study on more than 3000 people for 9 years. They found that those who drank a lot of water daily (more than 1 liter) were 21% less likely to have a high blood sugar content than those who consumed little water.
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