Can your diet influence your blood sugar levels? Here are some diabetes-friendly diets that you can follow | Photo Credit: Pixabay
- Hyperglycaemia is a condition marked by elevated levels of blood glucose
- Hypoglycaemia is a condition marked by lowered levels of blood glucose
- Here are some diets that can help you manage your blood sugar levels
New Delhi: Your eating habits have the ability to influence your health to great extents. Millions of people globally are affected by diabetes. It is one of the leading causes of developments of the kidney, heart, and other health conditions. Diabetes is broadly of two types, type 1 diabetes, and type 2 diabetes. People suffering from diabetes have certain dietary restrictions imposed on them. According to data published in PubMed Central called the “How dietary patterns could have a role in prevention, progression, or management of diabetes mellitus? Review on the current evidence”, it can be concluded that your diet can play a significant role in dealing with diabetes.
Diets to help combat diabetes
Here are some diets that can be effective in managing diabetes:
- Mediterranean diet: This diet traces to the Mediterranean regions and focuses on the consumption of fruits, vegetables, and seafood. The Mediterranean diet does not allow the consumption of red meat. Lean meat, however, such as chicken is permitted. This diet is a rich source of protein and omega 3 fatty acids and can help manage blood sugar levels efficiently.
- DASH diet: The DASH diet was initially designed to control hypertension and the full form of DASH is Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension. However, it can also be beneficial to people suffering from diabetes by improving insulin sensitivity. The foods allowed in this diet include fruits, vegetables, seafood, lean meat, and low-fat dairy. It can contribute greatly to weight loss as well.
- Alkaline diet: Restriction is imposed on foods such as sugar and meat and consumption of fruits and vegetables is encouraged. Due to less consumption of fat and refined sugar, it can be beneficial for people suffering from diabetes.
- Paleo diet: This diet does not allow the consumption of processed foods, refined sugar, or grains. The main focus of this diet is to promote healthy eating habits with methods used before the emergence of modern farming and advancements made in the food industry. Restrictions imposed on refined sugar can help people suffering from diabetes.
- Gluten-free diet: For people who suffer from both diabetes and gluten allergy, this diet could be helpful as it does not allow consumption of grains as they contain gluten.
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.
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