Welcome to Diabetes Prevention Thursdays! Today, let’s talk about adding certain foods and supplements to your diabetes diet. Diabetes is a condition that affects the body’s ability to regulate blood sugar levels which, in turn, can cause complications. Diabetes can be a scary diagnosis, but there are things you can do to manage it. While medication is the first line of defense, there are other ways to help control your blood sugar levels.
If you were recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, one of the first things your doctor is going to tell you is to adjust your diet. This, in combination with other treatments, will help you to manage your diabetes.
If you want to know how to reduce your sugar levels, what foods can help, and which supplements you need to know, the information below is a good place to start. Here are some foods and necessary supplements you will need.
Basic Guidelines For Type 2 Diabetes
First of all, you should know the general dietary guidelines for a type 2 diabetes diet. This includes eating lots of vegetables and fruits, whole grains, refined carbs only, beans, lean meat and poultry, fish, and low-fat or non-fat dairy products. This is a very basic diet that most people understand to be a healthier diet. You can make small changes that drastically reduce your risks for complications when you have diabetes.
Having more vegetables in your diet is super important, but try to stick more to the ones with no starch or low starch. Starchy veggies like white potatoes can lead to higher blood sugar levels, so try to avoid them. However, you can have plenty of other veggies like carrots, zucchini, squash, corn, green beans, leafy greens, and many others. Choose fresh or frozen veggies first, and only go with canned if there is nothing added, including no extra salt or sugar.
Switching to Whole Grains
Another important aspect of your new diabetes diet is switching to whole grains. This means switching out all the white rice, pasta, breads, and crackers and having the whole grain version. This is great because you can still eat your sandwich at lunch, have pasta for dinner, and even eat cereal, you just want to make sure you go with the whole grain versions. Look for 100% whole grain bread, not just processed wheat bread. There is definitely a difference here.
Get Your Nutrients
In addition to changing your diet, your doctor will recommend getting a certain amount of nutrients each day. You may need to take a multi-vitamin, in addition to taking other vitamins or supplements if you arenât getting enough nutrients through food sources. Some of the popular ones include B complex vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E, and vitamin K. Magnesium and chromium are some important minerals you also need to have each day. Ask your doctor if you need to take a supplement, or if you are getting enough through the foods you eat.
It’s important to remember that when making diet changes, you should be working with your doctor. What works for one person may not work for another, so it’s important that you check in with your health care provider to see what foods and supplements may work for you. In addition to diet changes, you will also want to exercise regularly and manage stress. By being proactive with your diabetes, you can help yourself reduce the severity of your symptoms and live a healthier life.
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Remember, living a healthy lifestyle including eating a whole foods plant-based diet and regular physical activity are the best ways to prevent diabetes. Please talk with your doctor about any complementary health approaches, including supplements, you use. Let me know what you think in the comment section below.
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