Diabetics need these foods to lower their blood sugar

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Type 2 Diabetics have to watch what they eat since it might spike the blood sugar and that would cause some problem for them. Diabetes type 2 sufferers should eat these three vegetables to help maintain blood sugar levels, it has been claimed.

“Sufferers should focus on eating foods that will have the least effect on your blood sugar or insulin levels,” said Dr David Cavan in his book, a diabetes expert with over 20 years’ experience.

Labelling the three foods of “least” effect, he said berries, leafy salad, and mange tout or runner beans, all help maintain blood sugar levels.

“The following foods can also be eaten in moderation,” he continued in ‘Reverse Your Diabetes’.

Apples, pears, carrots and peas were all named as foods to eat “in moderation”, among others.

Diabetes type 2 sufferers need to control blood sugar levels to avoid body damage.

“High levels of blood sugar over a sustained period of time end up damaging the blood vessels,” said diabetes.co.uk online.

“Although this doesn’t sound too serious, the list of resultant complications is.

“Poorly controlled blood sugar levels can increase your chances of developing diabetes complications including kidney problems, vision problems, and heart disease.

“The time-scale for the development of these complications is usually years, but be aware that diabetes type 2 is often not diagnosed until a relatively late stage.”

Blood sugar levels can be monitored using a finger-prick test, flash glucose monitor or continuous glucose monitor.

“You can do this a number of times a day,” said Diabetes UK, a charity, “helping you keep an eye on your levels as you go about your life and help you work out what to eat and how much medication to take.”

They recommended adults to aim for a target range of four to seven mmol/L blood sugar levels just before meals and less than 8.5 mmol/L after meals.

If blood sugar levels get too low they could cause hyperglycaemia, or too high could cause hypoglycaemia.

This could be prevented by being careful to monitor foods eaten, staying active, taking care when ill and monitoring blood sugar levels, according to the NHS.

Diabetes type 2 currently affects around 3.7 million people in the UK, with 12.3 million being at risk of developing the condition.

Someone develops the condition due to problems with the hormone insulin, causing blood sugar levels to rise.

“It causes symptoms like excessive thirst, needing to pee a lot and tiredness,” said the NHS.

“It can also increase your risk of getting serious problems with your eyes, heart and nerves.

“Diabetes type 2 is often linked to being overweight or inactive, or having a family history of the condition.”