Foods to Help Manage Diabetes
By Sara Butler
Type 2 diabetes is on the rise. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 30 million Americans suffer from type 2 diabetes. While serious, there are some things you can do to prevent getting it and control it once you have it -- and one of the biggest ways to positively impact the disease is what you eat. Here are a few foods you may want to include in your diet if you're worried about your blood sugar or you have type 2 diabetes.
Add Some Avocado
This green fruit (yes, fruit!) has become all the rage on Instagram, but you don't need to be a millennial to appreciate it or enjoy it. Avocados happen to be an excellent source of dietary fiber, giving you up to 11 percent of your daily intake of fiber in just one-third of an avocado. Plus, that serving that is packing so much fiber to help control your blood sugar also provides a punch of heart-healthy fats for only about 80 calories and zero sugar. It's hard to beat the natural goodness of avocados!
Research has made it pretty clear that eating seafood regularly is good for your overall health and wellness. The American Diabetes Association says that the omega-3 fatty acids in seafood are great for protecting your heart and helping to reduce chronic inflammation, which may be an underlying contributor to chronic diseases such as diabetes. Other studies have shown that eating fish such as salmon or halibut can actually reduce your risk of diabetes, so go get some seafood tonight!
These nuts are small, but they sure do pack a nutritional punch, especially if you need help controlling your blood sugar. A study from Diabetes Care found that people who ate a half-cup of pistachios once a day for four months had lower fasting blood sugars and improved insulin resistance than people who didn't. That's a pretty good reason to have a few of these yummy nuts during your next snack attack!
Oats are just an all-around healthy food and a lot of studies have been done to find that out. It's known that the beta-glucan, a type of soluble fiber, you find in oats can help to lower cholesterol levels, but researchers are beginning to discover that beta-glucan can also help to keep your blood sugar levels in check if you have diabetes. Just another reason to start your day with a warm bowl of oatmeal!
Diabetes is something you can be proactive about, so do what you can to keep your blood sugar stable and the condition from getting worse.
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