The most important therapy for Type 2 Diabetes is a healthful diet to help regulate your levels of sugar and reduce your risk of complications, such as cardiovascular disease.
A diet that’s high in fiber with vegetable, nuts, seeds, and whole grains, is optimal. Ground flaxseeds should be consumed daily. Consume 1 tablespoon with each meal or ¼ cup daily. Drink 10 oz. of water per tablespoon of flaxseed. Protein drinks that have low sugar levels can be consumed as well.
Diabetics can benefit from increasing the relative amount of protein in the diet. Do not go longer than three hours without eating. Chromium deficiency has been linked to diabetes, so eat lots of Brewers yeast, cheese, garlic, onions, soy products, wheat germ, and whole grains. Focus on foods with a low glycemic load value.
Whole Wheat Bread
Whole Grain Bread
Whole Grain Cereals
Whole Grain Pastas
Diabetics should avoid white, refined bread, as it spikes your blood sugar. Stay away from simple sugars such as, candies, cookies, sodas, and other sweets. Avoid cow’s milk and eliminate alcohol and caffeine from your diet. Cut back on your consumption of saturated fat, found in red meat and dairy precuts, as these have been shown to increase the risk of diabetes and heart disease.
Exercise to avoid Type 2 or Noninsulin-dependent diabetes.
Over 16 million people in the U.S. are afflicted with some form of diabetes, but only half of them know about it. The onset of diabetes can be so gradual that sometimes, a person could be suffering permanent damage from the disease for years before realizing that they have it.
Symptoms of diabetes include an increase in thirst and the need to urinate more. You may lose weight despite feeling hungry more often. You might also notice tingling or complete loss of feeling in your hands or feet or blurred vision. If you have any of these symptoms, see your doctor.
Here's a simple test that helps determine diabetes risk.
Answer True or False to the following questions. The more you answer True, the more likely you are to be a candidate for diabetes.
I am over 40.
I get little or no exercise during a normal day.
I am 20% or more overweight.
I have a parent with diabetes.
I have a sister or brother with diabetes.
I am a woman who has had a baby weighing more than 9 pounds at birth.