In today’s time, everyone suffering from diabetes is dependent on drugs on daily basis but more and more people have started to realize that food is really our best medicine. This is especially very true in case of people suffering from Type II diabetes. There is no phase of Type 2 diabetes that can’t be helped by making some intelligent and healthy dietary changes. The earlier we make these changes in life, the more drastic and visible the health progress will be. Just to mention a few basic changes in the eating habits can actually reverse your type II diabetes to a large extent.
- Avoid consumption of any food products that increase your blood sugar levels; like sweets, sodas, juices, pasta, chips, any kind of refined flour products like breads, pizza, etc. Excess or even moderate consumption of these food products can cause or trigger Type II diabetes.
- Increase intake of food products that can reduce the damage that insulin-resistance and diabetes have done to the body and reduce inflammation. Inflammation destroys the insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas and hence is the root cause of diabetes. Here are the top 5 super foods for diabetics.
1. Extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO)
Olive oil contains oleocanthal which is known to reduce inflammation, which is one of the root causes of type II diabetes.
It is a known fact that omega-3 fatty acids present in salmon help improve insulin sensitivity and reduce inflammation.
Onions are one of the few foods that are rich in the trace mineral chromium, which produces a powerful benefit on blood glucose levels. Research shows that chromium helps our body use insulin more efficiently, maintains steady blood sugar levels, and reduces the need for diabetes drugs.
Research has shown that cinnamon helps to lower blood glucose levels in people with Type 2 diabetes and even increase the amount of insulin produced in the body.
Nuts are very rich in healthy fats, vitamins, and lots of minerals. Nuts overall help in managing the sugar levels in the body. Almonds are particularly beneficial because they’re high in protein and antioxidants, and have a low glycemic index (GI). According to researcher, eating almonds with a meal reduces the GI load of the entire meal. Nuts also contain monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs), which are known to reverse insulin resistance, thus a very important food for diabetics.