Diabetes mellitus; what is it?
In recent years, there is a growing concern as the number of people living with diabetes skyrocket like a California wildfire.
The new trend is worrying, and as a result, people are out exploring all possible means to tackle the menace and reduce their risk of exposure to the disease.
When it comes down to diet and health, it’s a no brainer that nutrition and the best dietary practice plays an important role in taking charge of our health.
In this article, we are going to focus on type 2 diabetes mellitus, which is characterized by hyperglycemia or high level of blood sugar, and which is due to arrays of factors such as body resistance to insulin, a deficiency in the level of insulin secreted or the production of excess glucagon. Diabetes is a life-long disease and as such, there is a need to always control it (for those who are already affected), which will as well determine its prognosis, and prevent it.
Signs And Symptoms Of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus
Nutrition And Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus
Let’s face it: there is no specific diet set out for the management and prevention of diabetes mellitus type 2.
The diet an individual eats does not necessarily have to change and is subjected to personal food preference.
However, caloric intake has to be minimal. The types of foods you need to avoid in your diet include, but not limited to sugars, red meats, carbonated drinks, and white bread.
Studies have also proven that protein and carbohydrate-rich foods does not increase the blood glucose level significantly. However, the diet has an important role to play in preventing, and in controlling the blood sugar level.
Health Benefits Of Foods To Curing Or Preventing Diabetes
For type 2 diabetes mellitus, the goal is to keep the blood sugar levels controlled and as well as prevent complications that can occur with it such as cardiovascular diseases.
Food such as kale, spinach, and other green leafy vegetables provide the essential nutrients needed in the body. They also contain vitamin C, which assist in lowering blood sugar levels. They are also good natural antioxidants that will as a role in protecting the eyes, and hence combat the blurred vision.
Turmeric has both anti-inflammatory as well as antioxidant properties and is used in foods like flavor and colorant.
Curcumin is the active component of turmeric and is an antioxidant. It can also protect the heart and as such prevent heart diseases that exist as comorbidities with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Curcumin also enhances endothelial function but further research is required to ascertain its long-term effect and safety on the heart.
Food rich in omega-3 fatty acids should also be included in the diet as it lowers the risk of heart disease by reducing or lowering the level of triglyceride in the body. Omega-3 fatty acid-rich foods include fishes such as salmon and sardine, linseed oil, and walnut.
Fruits are also needed to combat and control type 2 diabetes mellitus. Such fruits include apples, pears, oranges, berries, and more.
Lastly, grains such as whole wheat and brown rice should be included in the diet. Beans, eggs, seafood, legumes, soy foods, and nuts are also good in controlling the blood sugar level as well as the heart conditions associate with diabetes.
Once you can start this new regime, there is no way diabetes mellitus will have the last laugh. Rather, you will be the one laughing last—and LOUD.
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