Diabetes and its regulation with healthy diet
Diabetes is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States
[Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention].
We know about different powders that our grandparents used to keep with themselves. Which helped them for maintenance of their blood glucose levels. But, when we think about recovery of diabetes, it’s quite uncertain.
Powdered cinnamon, Neem or bitter gourd all alone are not able to maintain our glycemic levels!!!
What is Diabetes?
Most of us even don’t know completely about diabetes, even some of us may be not aware its types. Type 1 diabetes, in which cells of pancreas fail partially or completely to produce insulin. Then the most common, Type 2 diabetes. In this case, pancreas produce insulin, but body cells develop resistance. As a result, blood glucose levels are disturbed from equilibrium. Unregulated or abrupt glucose levels can be open invitation to numerous diseases.
How to maintain Diabetes?
So, what can we do to regulate our blood glucose levels? Two most important factors responsible for maintaining diabetes are:
- A well balanced diet with proper time management
- Healthy lifestyle
Dietary tips for maintenance:
- There is a myth that a diabetic cannot eat fruits. The fact is fruits can help a lot in maintaining glucose levels, when eaten at right time, i.e., in the morning. Avoid fruit juices completely. Because, fiber content in juice is negligible and it can spike your blood glucose level.
- Have balanced meals with adequate amount of fiber and protein. You can have controlled quantity of rice (white or brown). Along with that, a good amount of veggies or dal. It helps to absorb amino acids effectively.
- Avoid fried potato. Go with boiled potato with right amount of fibrous foods like vegetables.
- Paneer, tofu. eggs and chicken contributes to the protein content.
- Dinner should be before 3 hours to bed.
- Fenugreek water (methre ka pani)
- garlic in the morning
- cloves after meal
- turmeric with bitter gourd and neem leaves powder.
Walking is the best way for regulating glucose levels. Yoga and strength training should also be included in daily routine. Strength training helps to increase your muscle and bone mass. That ultimately, regulates your blood glucose levels. With these, sound sleep of 7-8 hours is must.
One should prefer plant based diet rather than animal based diet. Animal based diet produces toxins, as a result, kidneys’ workload increase. Also, should be avoided above ages of 50.
Diabetes can be very dangerous to our health if not managed properly. It’s not a disease, it’s just a condition of body, in which it is unable to use glucose and insulin properly. So, with help of a balanced diet and active lifestyle one can deal with this condition very easily.
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