Foods that help control DIABETES
Diabetes can be a very serious disease. There are two types of diabetes. Type 1 and type 2 are both very similar but at the same time very different. It would be hard to convince a person with either type that one is worse than the other. Both types have one very serious condition in common. Both types have the problem of unbalanced sugar and insulin in the blood.
Type 1 diabetes is contracted at an early age and is sometimes referred to as juvenile diabetes. At an early age the pancreas fails to function properly and will not produce enough insulin. Sometimes the pancreas will not produce any insulin at all. The body needs the hormone insulin to convert glucose to energy. Once a child is diagnosed with type 1 diabetes a regimen of insulin shots or pills has to become a daily part of their life. There is no cure for this disease. A child will have to adjust their eating habits and live with the complications, the pain and inconvenience of this disease for the rest of their life. As a child ages into an adult life their diabetes still remains type 1 or juvenile. The type does not change because of their advancing age. I am sure the parents of a child diagnosed with type 1 diabetes would say this is the worst type.
Type 2 diabetes develops at a later age. An adult may have this disease for several years before it is ever recognized and diagnosed. Therefore carrying with it the danger of damage being done to an adults body long before they are diagnosed. A person may have vision loss or heart problems before they even know they have a problem with their insulin level. In type 2 the pancreas is actually still working and producing insulin. The body is rejecting the insulin and has become resistant to it. If there is a silver lining with type 2 diabetes it would be that it can be controlled with diet and exercise. However shots or pills may be required until a person adjust their diet and physical activity.
Everyone knows a person with diabetes must be cautious when consuming starches, carbohydrates, sugar, candy, honey, cakes, cookies and even fruit juice. This problem leads to over use of artificial sweeteners causing other health problems. There are foods that can actually assist with controlling a persons diabetes.
Green vegetables as well as other vegetables should be eaten on a daily basis. Raw vegetables and salads are also very beneficial. However caution and attention has to be paid to salad dressing and additives that may contain sugar.
Avocado has a couple of advantages for people with diabetes. An avocado contains omega 3 which helps to protect the heart. It also helps with inflammation which is an additional problem with diabetes.
Nuts of different types especially walnuts help with heart protection. These would need to be unsalted, not sugar coated or candied.
Tuna and salmon are another great source of omega 3. They also have a low glycemic index which must be watched closely.
Different types of beans and legumes are a great source of protein and fiber. They also carry a low glycemic count.
The food eaten by someone with diabetes can help or hurt. Caution, observance, and research must be given to the choices made.