By Aloha27 September 2021
Most Type 2 diabetics are in some form or the other, foodies. And in most cases, its food that does them in. Excessive carvings for the “good things” without any means to burn off or digest the excessive blood sugar means they have frequent spikes, and blood that in its normal state has way too much sugar than what the body needs. That said, it isn’t only sugar that the body should be careful about. There are plenty of other nutrients that the body needs, and should be provided for. It’s just that sugar being sweet, tingles our palette and gets away with it! Try bitter gourd in its bitterest avatar! You won’t go far but as ironies would have it, bitter gourd is one of the best cures for diabetes!
Hi I am Dr Ashwini Joshi, Physician & Diabetologist at Aloha Clinic, Pune, one of India’s best lifestyle reversal clinics that change people’s lives by means that include diet, exercise and the right medication. This article is about diabetes and how we ought to concentrate on other bodily issues besides blood-sugar control in order to have a well-balanced life where our bodily needs are well taken care of.
On that, I would like to take your attention to certain foods that though not directly related to blood-sugar and diabetes, is needed all the same for peripheral factors that indirectly affect the working of the pancreas, and sugar absorption.
Low on carbs, practically all of them are high on fibres which if eaten in their proper state (not too boiled or turned into a paste) induce a state of satiety for a long time which reduces the body’s need for constant snacking and food intake- something that itself can lead to reduction in sugar-induced spikes. In addition, the likes of spinach have high concentration of Vitamin C and Polyphenols and Magnesium that between them act as anti-oxidants to regulate blood-sugar levels.
How should you eat it?
There is every reason to believe beans are a diabetics’ best friend! They are super- dense seeds that have more than their share of iron, magnesium, potassium and most of all, vitamins. That said, and more so in the Indian context, thankfully they contain a lot of fibres! Why fibres? Because fibres when eaten in substantial quantities, give the feeling of being full and satiated, and helps control diet, especially the habit of binging. The other thing about fibre is that they aid in the slow and sustained release of sugars that while giving us the feeling of being charged, does not send us into a tizzy which invariably takes place during sugar spikes. Also, fibres and resistant starch that comes from most beans are said to produce compounds during digestion that aid in insulin production!
So, folks eat healthy to stay healthy. And if you’re from India, you have every means and reason to do so! Do it. It helps. Believe me (who else!)
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