Recently, various publications have written about the fact that coffee and cinnamon, as it turned out, can reduce the risk of diabetes and lower blood sugar levels. However, experts warn that you should not take products that reduce blood sugar, as magical tools that will quickly say goodbye to the disease - or at least its symptoms.
In fact, enough to drink several cups of coffee a day, and eat something with cinnamon (rolls, for example) to the blood sugar level was always within normal limits. Nothing can replace the need to follow the rules of healthy eating
Healthy eating - do not limit yourself to eating
and regularly engage in sports - all this is very important for diabetics.
Some foods, such as white bread, the body almost instantly converted into glucose and quickly raise blood sugar levels. Other products, such as, indeed, there are cinnamon, helps effectively control blood sugar levels.
Oatmeal is great helps keep blood sugar normal, but, of course, do not add to it sugar or jam. It is a carbohydrate food, but belongs to the category of useful carbohydrates. Due to its high fiber content it is slowly digested and does not cause a sharp rise in blood sugar levels. The maximum effect can be achieved by regularly eating oatmeal.
In addition, oatmeal helps with weight control because it provides a feeling of satiety for a longer period than simple carbohydrates, which are contained, for example, for baking. This makes oatmeal valuable product for patients with Type II diabetes, including obesity is a very common problem.
Barley porridge in popularity considerably inferior to oatmeal, but, according to the research, not less effective in reducing blood sugar levels
Blood sugar - one of the main indicators of human health
. Many experts recommend that people with diabetes at least from time to time there are barley porridge instead of boiled rice. However, most whole grains are good choices for a diabetic diet.
Broccoli, spinach and green beans
To reduce the level of blood sugar is recommended to eat as much as possible non-starchy vegetables such as broccoli, spinach and green beans. These foods are high in fiber and low in carbohydrates, so they do not lead to a rapid increase in blood sugar levels.
Starchy vegetables such as peas, potatoes, corn, squash and beans, though it is not necessary to exclude from your diet - they contain important health matter, and you need a balanced diet. However, they should be consumed in moderation.
The results confirm the effectiveness of vegetables to reduce blood sugar levels. Thus, it was found that people with type 2 diabetes who adhere to a vegan diet is better than others cope with the disease. In the study, 43% of patients with type 2 diabetes who for 22 weeks followed by rules vegan diet significantly reduced the need for antidiabetic drugs. Furthermore, in these subjects will reduce weight and cholesterol levels was normalized. Sticking vegan diet for most people is very difficult, and not all of it fits, but should take note of the basic principle: less fat and more plant foods.
Some diabetics avoid strawberries, knowing that there is too much glucose - which is why she is so sweet. In fact, a cup of strawberries will raise your blood sugar too much, and will serve as a great alternative to pastries and sweets.
The strawberries are low in calories and carbohydrates, but high in fiber and water, so that it causes a prolonged feeling of satiety. With strawberries can cope with the regular need to eat something sweet, thus, lower the blood sugar level.
Salmon and meat
Rich protein meat and fish do not affect the blood sugar level as carbohydrates. Therefore, these products are important components of the diet of those who need to control the level of blood sugar (but should choose a fish and meat, which contain not too much fat). These products should not be abused - ideal if they account for only 20-30% of the calories that you consume on a daily basis.
Especially useful fish is salmon, as it contains a lot of omega-3, essential for the health of blood vessels. 65% of people with diabetes die from heart attack or stroke; One way to prevent this - to increase the intake of omega-3.
Meat, among other things, is a rich source of chromium - mineral which promotes normal functioning of insulin and helps the body to process carbohydrates. Some people who have disorders associated with increased levels of blood sugar
Blood sugar - a very important indicator
Take supplements with chromium, but so far there is no evidence that they are quite effective. Experts say that the main sources of chromium for the person must be food.
You find it hard to give up soft drinks, or from time to time want to drink something other than water or tea? Drink carbonated water - plain or with fruit and berry flavors, but without sugar. This will help to satisfy the desire to drink something "gases", but will not lead to a sharp rise in blood sugar levels. In addition, these beverages contain virtually no calories since they can greatly facilitate the fight against overweight.
The properties of cinnamon have been studied in a study involving 79 patients with type 2 diabetes. The subjects were divided into two groups. For four months, members of the first group of three times a day taken cinnamon extract, and patients from the second, control, group were given a placebo
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. After four months, patients in the first group of blood sugar levels decreased on average by 10.3%, the subjects of the second group of - 3.4%. Researchers concluded that cinnamon extract is a moderately effective way to reduce blood sugar levels. Before doctors can start to recommend people with diabetes use cinnamon as a remedy (at least a subsidiary), it is necessary to conduct a number of studies, but if you start today to add a pinch of cinnamon to your morning cereal, it certainly will not hurt you.