Increasing cases of diabetes in India is a serious issue of concern and preventing India from it is need of the hour. India is known is Diabetes capital of the world with as many as 50 million people suffering from type-2 diabetes.
14th November is commemorated as World Diabetes Day every year to promote awareness about diabetes. It is led by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and each year focuses on a unique theme. “women and diabetes” is the theme for this year.
On World Diabetes Day we have listed few food items which can help diabetics to manage their blood sugar levels and also they can help lowering risk of acquiring diabetes.
1- Green Leafy Vegetables
Intake of green leafy vegetables such as mustard leaves, turnip leaves and methi can prevent a sudden spike in your blood sugar levels as they are low in calories and carbohydrates. In addition, they are also packed with fibre and Vitamin C, which acts a powerful antioxidant.
2- Bitter gourd
Eating Bitter gourd is also a very good for diabetics as it contains active substances that lend anti-diabetic properties like charantin which is known for its blood-glucose-lowering effect and an insulin-like compound known as polypeptide-p.
3- Whole Grains
Intake of whole grains like barley & oats is not only good for diabetics but also for a healthy person. Whole grains prevent blood sugar levels from sudden spikes as it digests slowly. Consumption of whole grains also helps in maintaining good body weight and prevent you from obesity.
For fruit lovers, Guava is the best option for diabetics, as it has a low glycemic index score and it is also very rich in dietary fibre that helps in treating constipation as well, which is a common problem with diabetes patients.
Beetroots are always recommended for people with diabetes as it is considered a rich source of vitamins, minerals, fibre and phytonutrients, which helps in managing diabetes.