Diabetes is a very insidious disease that can provoke the development of a mass of other ailments. It is known that for most patients, the slogan “Life without sugar!” Becomes an indisputable motto, but is it possible to do something else, except refusing sweets, in order to ease your fate? We picked up some tips from different experts.
Read the labels!
Diabetes mellitus – a disease associated with impaired carbohydrate metabolism. You should know that in the stomach carbohydrates are transformed, forming the three initial components – glucose, galactose and fructose. That is why an excess of carbohydrates in your plate is a direct path to further health problems. Meanwhile, not only sweets or any specific ones are harmful products. Potential danger is in any food. One American specialist conducted an experiment to study the standard menu of a primary school student. He began to count the carbohydrates in each dish the child had eaten (including drinks and fruits) and pour an amount of sugar equivalent to these glucose products into a measuring cup. The medic had not yet “reached” dinner, and a half-kilogram glass was already filled with white crystals to the brim. Of course, that long-term nutrition according to this scheme provokes further disorders of carbohydrate metabolism even in healthy people, not to mention diabetics. In this regard, experts advise: carefully read the labels on the packaging products, the manufacturer must indicate the carbohydrate content on them. Monitoring the use of these elements should be no less important for the patient than counting calories.
A diabetic patient needs to saturate his diet with fiber. Dietary fiber promotes digestion and inhibits the growth of blood sugar . The easiest way is to enrich the daily menu with dietary fiber, adding more fruits and vegetables to it. It is better to refuse juices in favor of chewing these products in their natural form, since in the process of preparing a drink, fiber loses the lion’s share of its beneficial properties. In addition, fruit juices are high in sugar. Apples, pears and other fruits should be eaten with peel. Beans, beans and lentils (fresh, not canned, may be very useful).
Do not forget about celery and Jerusalem artichoke.
Celery stimulates the adrenal glands, which is very important for diabetics. Its roots contain insulin-like substances that help lower blood sugar. In addition, studies have confirmed the presence of substances that regulate blood pressure in celery. Jerusalem artichoke tubers even contain inulin, which is extremely useful for patients. Tubers can serve as a sweetener for diabetics. Jerusalem artichoke (“earthen pear”) is recommended for clinical nutrition, as it significantly reduces blood sugar and helps to restore vision. It is especially useful for older people suffering from anemia and atherosclerosis.
Watch your feet.
Diabetes patients should not expose their feet to very high or very low temperatures . For example, the water in the bathroom must first be checked by hand to make sure that it is not too hot (patients should not take hot baths at all). If your feet freeze at night, you need to wear warm socks or rub them with a special lotion. The use of hot heating pads should be excluded. In addition, it is not recommended to wear tight or, on the contrary, excessively loose shoes.