Reduce diabetes complications with a healthy diet

John LaGrace contacted me a few weeks ago with a request to write a guest blog. It is entirely my fault the article has taken so long to post.

I’ve been busy.

Elizabeth Carrollton writes about how diabetes can affect your life and how a healthy diet can help you overcome some of the side effects of the disease.

Carrollton’s guest post appears on time. I just watched Forks Over Knives, a documentary about how the food we eat can cause or prevent Type II diabetes and a number of other diseases. It’s a good watch. I recommend it.

Diabetes has the potential to take over your life, especially when you have to check your glucose levels and administer insulin daily. In order to regulate blood sugar, you should eat a healthy, well-balanced diet. This is because the foods you eat directly affect overall diabetes health.

Diabetes is caused by a person’s body not producing enough insulin or a person being resistant to insulin. Either way, a diet can help manage glucose levels and reduce the risk of complications associated with diabetes. A dietician or physician can recommend a diet plan that works best based a person’s current lifestyle, severity of the disease and his or her weight.

To improve diabetes health through diet, you should reduce foods high in carbs and steer toward whole-grain foods, since carbs raise sugar levels in the blood. By avoiding a diet made up of sugar, you can better manage the disease.

According to the National Institutes of Health, if you have the disease, you should limit your alcohol consumption, eat foods low in fat and eat smaller meals.

Not only does eating a proper diet help with maintaining normal glucose levels, it also helps manage weight. Being overweight contributes to developing Type II diabetes. By maintaining an ideal body weight, you can reduce the likelihood of developing the condition. An overabundance of fat cells causes insulin resistance within the cells.

If you already have diabetes, you will benefit by losing weight, since fewer fat cells means a better chance to decrease your insulin resistance. But if you keep gaining weight, the disease may get worse and increase the risk of complications.

The National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse notes that people with diabetes are twice as likely to have a stroke or heart attack as someone who does not have diabetes. A healthy diet can help reduce the strain on your heart, and controlling diabetes prevents complications to other organs, such as the heart.

Eating a healthy diet not only affects diabetes health, but it affects your digestive health. Most healthy diets consist of high-fiber foods, which promotes better digestion, better cardiovascular health and lower cholesterol levels. Vitamin C, for instance, can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, which is the leading cause of death in people with diabetes.

By making wiser food choices, you can actually make your body feel better every day while reducing your risk for heart disease and other complications. Managing what to eat, how much to eat, and when to eat can help maintain the blood glucose level and the ideal body weight.

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