Are There Foods to Help Someone Who Has Type 2 Diabetes? – Stable blood sugar levels are one of the main factors that can make eating low glycemic foods really attractive. Low-GI carbohydrates also help with weight control because stable blood sugars and energy are linked to fewer food cravings.
Here are some food suggestions that people with type 2 diabetes are advised to include in their daily eating plan alongside low-GI foods. Maybe they could be called smart foods as the emphasis is on balancing carbohydrates with monounsaturated fats and omega-3 fats. They also help to stabilize your blood sugar levels:
1. Fiber: High fiber foods have a number of benefits:
they require more chewing and thus slower eating
they create a feeling of fullness which can only be obtained by eating really large amounts of modern food
fiber limits the digestibility of plant starches and helps buffer natural sugars… this avoids sharp increases in your sugar and insulin
the chronic consumption of low amounts of fiber has been associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, obesity and heart disease
2. Omega-3 fatty acids: Your body needs omega-3 fatty acids to:
produce flexible cell membranes where large numbers of insulin receptors are. Insulin resistance develops when these membranes are not flexible
omega-3 fatty acids can help reverse as well as prevent type 2 diabetes
it also prevents against cardiovascular disease by reducing the tendency of clots forming. This then helps reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke
omega-3 fatty acids are found in cold water fish such as salmon, trout and tuna; venison or game birds; omega-3 enriched eggs; vegetables including romaine lettuce and dark leafed vegetables; walnuts and ground flaxseed
3. Moderate protein: A high protein intake causes your kidneys to work hard… this can damage kidney function over the long term. This is a problem for people with type 2 diabetes who are already at an increased risk of kidney disease. So moderate protein is the key… your body can convert some protein to energy; it is digested slowly and therefore stabilizes your insulin and blood sugar levels. A good butcher can trim your cuts of meat or grind your meat into mince to ensure leanness.
4. Soy: Soy has been found to help your cells be more responsive to insulin so helps with control of your blood sugars. Soy is classed as a legume… a bean. The basic soybean is low-GI as are most of the foods derived from soy.
5. Buckwheat: Energizing and nutritious, buckwheat can be served as an alternative to rice or made into porridge. Buckwheat is a fruit seed related to rhubarb and sorrel… it is actually a suitable substitute for people who are allergic or sensitive to wheat or other grains that contain protein glutens. Recent research shows that extract of buckwheat actually lowered meal-related blood sugar levels.
Improving your body’s insulin resistance and controlling your blood sugar levels are two of the most important things you can do to help you live a healthy and long life.