Eating well and being physically active is imperative if you have diabetes
Diabetes happens to be one of the most prevalent problems faced by people these days. A survey conducted in 2013 highlighted that over 382 million people throughout the world had diabetes. It is a group of metabolic diseases which leads to high blood glucose level (blood sugar).
Medical studies show that diabetes mainly occurs due to inadequate production of insulin or because the body's cells do not respond properly to insulin or both.
Following a healthy diet and being physically active can help in maintaining a proper blood glucose level. A complete balance between what you eat & drink and the amount of physical activity can help in managing the blood glucose level. Thus, it is crucial to keep a check on what you eat and how much you eat.
It is important for people suffering from diabetes to eat a variety of healthy foods from all food groups in an adequate amount:
- Vegetables like broccoli, carrots, greens, peppers, tomatoes, potatoes, corn, and green peas.
- Fruits like oranges, melon, berries, apples, bananas, and grapes
- Grains like wheat, rice, oats, cornmeal, barley, and quinoa
- Protein-rich food such as lean meat, chicken or turkey without the skin, fish, eggs, nuts, peanuts, dried beans, certain peas, such as chickpeas and split peas, meat substitutes, such as tofu.
- Dairy products (nonfat or low fat) such as milk or lactose-free milk if you have lactose intolerance, yogurt, and cheese.
Making changes in your eating habits and lifestyle seems quite challenging at first. However, consulting a health care team and starting with small changes can be of great help to you. There are a number of benefits offered by eating well and being physically active most days, such as:
- It helps in maintaining adequate blood glucose level, blood pressure, and cholesterol.
- It is effective in preventing issues related to diabetes.
- It helps in reducing work-related strain.
- Invigorates the mind and body.
- Helps in maintaining a healthy weight and provides strength to the body.
These wide-ranging benefits make it imperative to ensure proper physical activity and take a nutritious diet when you have diabetes. However, it is equally important to ensure that your daily diet includes the food products which help in managing your body’s glucose level.