Almost 26 million Americans have diabetes and as many as three million may have type 1 diabetes. Diabetes currently affects 285 million people worldwide and is expected to affect 435 million people by the year 2030. So paying attention to what you eat is very important to avoid getting diabetes. Try following these simple and fun methods and see if you can stay ahead of the game.
- Eat plenty of broccoli. Broccoli may possibly be diabetes best friend, protecting blood vessels from damage that quadruples their risk of heart disease. The high blood sugar in a diabetic can triple their levels of free radicals or unstable molecules which wreak havoc on healthy cells, including those that line the insides of our arteries and veins. Compromised diabetic woes, range from stroke to kidney failure and heart attack. Thankfully sulforaphane, a compound found in broccoli and other cruciferous vegetable can reduce protection of free radicals by 73%. The sulforaphane kicks off a biochemical chain reaction which activates detoxifying phase II enzymes, which in turn protect the body’s circulatory system from oxidative stress.
- Green and black teas are a potentially inexpensive, non toxic and good for your blood sugar level as it actually lowers it and can boost the activity of insulin, the hormone which controls blood sugar levels. These teas contain aromatic chemicals known as polyphenols, which are believed to the active ingredients which give tea its protective effects against damaging free radicals found in the body. They also kill bacteria, some viruses and cancer cells in laboratory tests.
- Eat your breakfast every day. Please do not try going without breakfast in the hopes of losing a few ounces, when what you’re actually doing is causing you to gain more weight. Your body begins to think that it is starving so it goes into hibernation which means that fewer calories are burned. Also your body expects to be refueled a few times per day, so when you skip a meal you may feel so hungry that when lunchtime comes you actually overeat or maybe you choose the fastest of foods which are not necessary the best. The cycle that this creates can be detrimental to a diabetic’s health.