If you have Type 2 diabetes, eating a healthy diet can help reduce or even eliminate your need to take medications. As you probably know, reducing simple sugars from your diet is important.
But there are also certain foods you can add to your eating plan that are especially good at reducing your blood sugar. Some of these foods are:
1. Whole Grains. You don’t need to be scared away from all carbohydrates. Processed grains, like white bread, are quickly turned into glucose, causing a spike in blood sugar.
But whole grains take much longer for the body to convert to energy, so they help control blood sugar over time.
Eating whole grains is also beneficial because they contain fiber, which helps keep you full longer and can help with weight loss.
Losing weight, if you need to, will also help control blood sugar.
Good whole grain choices include…
2. Non-Starchy Vegetables. Vegetables have lots of health benefits. For people with Type 2 diabetes, it’s best to eat more of the non-starchy vegetables, like leafy greens, beans, carrots, tomatoes, and many more.
Starchy vegetables such as corn, peas, and potatoes, still contain many healthy nutrients but they do contain more carbohydrates so they should be eaten in smaller amounts.
Non-starchy vegetables help lower blood sugar by containing smaller amounts of carbohydrate along with fiber. The fiber helps you feel full longer and prevents overeating.
3. Berries and Cherries. Strawberries, blueberries, and cherries are naturally low in calories and carbohydrates.
They make a delicious snack that can satisfy a sweet tooth without added sugar. They are also low in fiber and contain antioxidants, which help protect the body from free radicals that contribute to early aging and chronic disease.
Blueberries may even be able to increase insulin sensitivity through bioactive ingredients they contain.
4. Last but Not Least – Exercise. Exercising helps lower your blood sugar as the sugar is moved out of your blood to fuel your body. Exercise also helps balance insulin levels.
Work with a dietitian to figure out how to manage blood sugar so you can safely exercise. As you exercise more, you’ll figure out how your body responds to exercise and whether or not you need to make adjustments to what you eat and how much insulin you take.
Regular exercise can also help you lose weight, which will get your blood sugar under control even more.
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