Type 2 diabetes is a chronic disease and understandably affect the body’s ability to regulate blood glucose (sugar). For people or persons with diabetes, their body either resists insulin or it doesn’t produce enough insulin, but as much as they are managing such body malfunction for lifelong, adhering to a diet or eating the right food is a step towards the right direction.
Besides, there are lessons to learn from celebrities like Halle Berry who has typ2 diabetes and has managed it in the best ways possible over the year.
Foods such as vegetables, proteins and some fruits should be added to the daily diet of someone with Type 2 diabetes. There are about 27 million people with Type 2 diabetes in the United State and in West African countries like Nigeria, it is reported there are more than 1.5 million cases of diabetes per year.
What was believed to be a disease of senior citizens (elderly) has turned on adults and even kids and teenagers for few obvious causes such as Childhood obesity. Extra body weight can cause your body to resist insulin secretion which is responsible for normalizing your blood sugar. Other causes include genes, excess glucose from your liver, wrong communication between cells and broken beta cells.
With that said, here are the symptoms that may be screaming of the pending disease waiting to explode:
Symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes
Dry mouth and increased thirst
Frequent urination or passing more urine than normal
Increased appetite (especially after eating)
Unexpected weight loss (despite huge appetite for food)
Fatigue (weak, tired feeling)
Loss of consciousness (in severe cases, but rare)
People with type 2 diabetes are more at risk of fatal complications like strokes and heart attacks, thus managing blood sugar is very crucial. Maintaining a healthy diet helps to curb these symptoms as regular exercise and regular blood tests help you manage the blood sugar. Also, visit a General Practitioner if you’re worried about the symptoms and signs of diabetes
Diet and Foods to Fight High Blood Sugar
Certain diet containing proteins, vegetables and healthy fats should be considered in managing type 2 diabetes.
Plant-based fats such as nuts, olive oil, Coconut Oil are better options compared with animal fats which increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. Although healthy fat has little effect on blood sugar, they are known to be useful in slowing down the absorption of carbohydrates. They also give the feeling of satiety and curb the carb cravings.
Plant-based and some animal proteins are top choices for meal and snacks. Protein has little effect on blood sugar and they provide slow and steady energy. In fact, it keeps blood sugar stable, as well as curb sugar craving and giving you a feeling of fullness.
Some of the top choices are Beans, Eggs, Unsweetened dairies, fermented dairy (like yogurt); Legumes, Organic dairy products, Fish and seafood, Peas, soy food and Tofu, Lean meats such as turkey and chicken.
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Vegetables and Fruits
A lot of vegetables and fruits like berries ( strawberries, blueberries, raspberries or blackberries) are top recommended to be incorporated into your diet.
Others include Avocado, Mushrooms, Plum, Onions, Peas, Black pepper, Citrus fruits (Orange and Orange Grapes).