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Foods To Fight Diabetes
And Recipes You'll Want to Try

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Fill your plate with delicious foods that help
fight the symptoms of diabetes. Here's how...

Diabetes is on the rise. The Centers for Disease control in the US predicts that an American born in 2000 has a one in three chance of becoming diabetic.

The food you eat plays a crucial role in your health. Certain foods can even help in the prevention and treatment of diabetes. In diabetes, the cells of the body cannot get the sugar they need.

Glucose, a simple sugar, is the body's main fuel. It is present in the blood even if you don't eat any sugary foods, because the foods we eat are broken down into glucose. A hormone called insulin signals the body's cells to let glucose in. In people with diabetes, glucose cannot get into the cells where it is needed.

People with type 1 diabetes do not have enough insulin to signal the cells to let in glucose, so it builds up in the blood stream. People with type 2 diabetes or who are at high risk for diabetes are said to be insulin resistant, meaning that while there is enough insulin present, the cells aren't paying very close attention to the signal.

Being above one's healthy weight and choosing a fatty diet increase the likelihood of insulin resistance. Both types of diabetes are reaching epidemic proportions: An average American born in 2000 has a one in three chance of developing diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Low-fat, fiber-rich diets built from legumes, vegetables, whole grains, and fruits help individuals avoid diabetes and control blood sugar levels. Such diets can also prevent complications in people who already have diabetes.

Choosing the right foods can make a world of difference to your health. Look for delicious, minimally processed foods from plant sources. Here are ten tasty choices for the prevention and management of diabetes:


artichokeSteamed Artichokes – Serve this beautiful vegetable upright on a plate with rice wine vinegar as a dipping sauce. Artichokes are low in calories, nearly fat free, and delicious. They're also rich in fiber, which slows down the absorption of natural sugars from the starchy foods we eat and has been shown to reduce insulin resistance.


Hummus Dip with Baby Carrots
– Hummus is a hearty dip made from chickpeas, sesame seed paste, garlic, and lemon. Chickpeas provide protein and fiber, while sesame seeds are a great source of vitamin E. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that can help protect and improve circulation in the eyes. Use carrots to dip with and get double the eye- and anti-oxidant protection from the beta-carotene in the carrots. People with diabetes frequently develop eye problems, particularly diabetic retinopathy, or damage to the retina. This can lead to a gradual loss of vision.



oatmeal with fresh strwberriesOld-Fashioned or Irish Oats with Fresh Strawberries – Here's a breakfast that fills you up without filling you out. It's also a good source of vitamin C, vitamin B6, and soluble fiber. Vitamin C is an antioxidant and a potent eye protector, while vitamin B6 may help prevent diabetic retinopathy (retina damage). Soluble fiber, in addition to helping keep blood sugar under control, can help lower blood cholesterol levels. People at risk for diabetes—and those already coping with it—have a high risk for heart disease. Therefore, it's important to choose meals that decrease cholesterol levels.


Quinoa Tabouli
– This protein-rich whole grain can help head off those carbohydrate cravings with a healthy choice. Some individuals crave muffins, cookies, cakes, and white bread—all foods that raise blood sugar levels unnecessarily. Tasty and healthier whole-grain foods can satisfy the need for carbohydrates.


Mushroom Barley Soup
– Barley has the lowest glycemic index of any grain, and mushrooms are tasty and magnesium-rich. Magnesium helps maintain nerve cells and may also play a role in preventing diabetic retinopathy (retina damage).

edemameEdamame (boiled fresh soybeans in the pod) – A delicious, hearty, protein- and fiber-rich snack that is fun to eat and chock-full of disease-fighting phytosterols (a plant compound that can lower cholesterol, among other things). Look for fresh edamame at your local farmer's market, or check the frozen vegetable case in the supermarket. Most kids love them.


Fruity Spinach Salad
– An attractive salad decorated with sunflower seeds, oranges, sweet red pepper, and cucumbers and flavored with raspberry vinaigrette fat-free dressing makes a delicious first course or side dish. Spinach is great for magnesium; sunflower seeds provide vitamin E, selenium, and magnesium; and oranges and red peppers are good sources of vitamin C. Selenium is an important antioxidant. This mineral protects the cells of the heart and blood vessels from damage, which is important because of diabetes' strong association with heart disease.


Source: PCRM For more great recipes for preventing and managing diabetes, visit PCRM's recipe page.

also see -> Diabetes Symptoms | Diabetes Treatment

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This information is intended as reference and not as medical advice.
All treatment decisions should be made by medical professionals.

 

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