Avoid the Type 2 Diabetes epidemic
What you can do to actively reduce your chances of developing Diabetes Type 2?
– Have regular blood tests with your doctor (annually at least). This will provide valuable information regarding your current metabolism of sugar.
– Don’t smoke
– Moderate alcohol intake and aim for at least 2 alcohol free days every week
– Avoid processed foods and sugars
– Avoid artificial sweeteners and ‘diet’ foods
– Choose high fibre wholefoods. Some examples of specific foods shown to help regulate blood sugar and help improve insulin sensitivity (reduce insulin resistance) include:
Buckwheat: In addition to low GI, fibre and nutrients in buckwheat, a particular inherent component called chiro-inositol, has been shown in studies to increase insulin sensitivity. Buckwheat is a relation of rhubarb and is also gluten free.
Avocado: a whole, low GI, nutrient dense food, rich in fibre and mono-unsaturated fats, which improves insulin sensitivity
Chia and linseeds: These high fibre, low GI, omega 3 containing seeds decrease risk of insulin resistance and have anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties to benefit overall health
Cinnamon: This aromatic spice has long been known for its medicinal qualities with regard to glucose metabolism. Studies have also shown promising findings in the prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease
Be sure to browse the recipes on our blog. Many of the featured ingredients were chosen for their health benefits and have references to their blood sugar impact.