Diabetes is often referred to as the ‘silent killer’. While this typically applies to type-2 diabetes, both type-1 and type-2 diabetes can cause various complications that impair health and, if left unaddressed, may even endanger it. Around 1.7 million Australians suffer from diabetes, with a growing number of undiagnosed individuals adding to the already staggering figure. Treating diabetes can be a costly, painful, and harrowing experience especially since the disease affects not only adults, but children as well.
Being diabetic doesn’t spell the end of the world, or the cessation of all enjoyable treats for that matter. Managing diabetes can be done effectively and easily, with simple foodstuffs that can be found in your local grocery store or produce isle. Choosing the right foods plus the proper dietary approach allows diabetes to be managed efficiently and, in some cases, even reversed. Here are five ways to manage diabetes properly without relying too much on medications:
5 Ways to Manage Diabetes at Home
- Switch to eating whole grains
Diabetic patients who enjoy their pasta and bread may find that it worsens their symptoms. If you’re looking for a great way to balance your blood sugar levels and avoid those pesky sugar crashes, switch from refined grains to whole grains like brown or black (‘forbidden’) rice, millet, sorghum, buckwheat, whole wheat whole oats or quinoa. If you suffer from coeliac disease, gluten-free grains like rice and millet make excellent alternatives to whole wheat.
- Switch to healthier fats
Instead of using vegetable oils like canola or corn oil which is laden with trans-fats, switch to natural fats derived from nuts and seeds or to animal-sourced fats from fatty fish like tuna and salmon, or fats like lard, suet, and schmaltz. Not only is animal and seed / nut fats heart-healthy options, they also help to control the sudden spikes to your blood sugar levels while helping to boost your metabolism, allowing for the better synthesis of energy.
- Opt for sweets that contain unrefined sugars
Sweets are not on complete lockdown when it comes to diabetic patients. The idea that all types of sweets are banned is nothing but a myth. If you’re craving a little snack, choose sweets that contain honey, molasses or jaggery (Indian raw sugar) instead of a heaping of white sugar. Better yet, opt to state your sugary craving by eating a controlled portion of fruits.
- Divide your meals to several small meals throughout the day
Dividing meals not only allows your body to metabolise the food you intake slowly, thereby releasing sugars more steadily into your bloodstream, it also prevents sudden sugar spikes from occurring, not to mention helping with a little bit of weight-loss to boot! Coupled with a healthy exercise regimen, it should allow you to manage diabetes efficiently.
- Have blood-sugar stabilising medication always on hand
For sudden bouts of weakness, nausea, dizziness or any sign of a sugar crash, always have something to balance out your blood sugar levels handy. While insulin is a daily ‘supplement’ for type-2 diabetics and proper management is a must for type-1 diabetics, both can benefit greatly from blood sugar stabilising products like Glucojel jelly beans. These handy, chewable and delicious treats contain glucodin – a readily-absorbed glucose derivative which helps to correct sudden and unexpected bouts of hypoglycaemia while providing ample supply of easily metabolised energy.
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