Ask the doctor: What foods should i eat with diabetes?

Ask the doctor: What foods should i eat with diabetes?

Ask the doctor: What foods should i eat with diabetes?

What foods should i eat with diabetes?

Diabetes is a condition in which the body’s circulating blood glucose has gone out of normal ranges, and the body is no longer able to control it.Diabetes has 2 types:(1) Type 1; in which the body does not produce insulin and (2)Type 2; in which the body does not use insulin properly. Because the body is no longer able to control the blood glucose, there arises situations where the blood glucose is either too high or too low leading to complications in both cases. Normal blood glucose is considered to fall between 4-7mmol/L but in diabetic individuals; it could fall way below 4 or rise way above 7 due to poor control.

A person living with diabetes that is poorly controlled could experience the following;

  • Frequent thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Blurred vision
  • Easily catching infections like urinary tract infections
  • Dry mouth
  • Frequent hunger
  • Easy fatigue
  • Unplanned weight loss

When you keep experiencing such signs in your everyday life, chances are that you have diabetes and it’s poorly controlled. Management of diabetes involves changes in the format of dieting; you need to begin eating selectivey to maintain a balance of your blood sugar. It is recommended to eat diets with the folowing foods:

  • Avocados:You know this friut very well.Avocados contain a good amount of unsaturated fats. An American journal of Clinical nutrition published a study in 2008 suggesting that women who reported eating good fats like those in Avocados were 25% less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those who didn’t.
  • Beans: Yes, our everyday beans are good for diabetics; they are very rich in fibre and are a good source of protein. A 2012 study concluded that eating one cup of beans daily resulted in better blood sugar control.
  • Carrots:Carrots have very high vitamin A with high levels of beta-carotene. A 2013 study by the Stanford University School of Medicine showed that beta-carotene helps lower the risk of developing type 2 diabetes among people who have a genetic predisposition for the disease.
  • Apples: A Harvard University report concluded that individuas who eat 5 or more apples a week have a 23% lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes than those who don’t.
  • Matooke(Green cooked bananas):Bananas are rich in potassium which has been found to reduce risks of heart disease and is helpful in controlling blood pressure. With a glycemic load of 11, bananas are a good food and can be eaten by diabetics.Matooke contains mostly water(about 3/4), some carbohydrates but almost no fibre.
  • Broccoli: This vegetable is cruciferous with a high level of glucosinolates.In the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2011, researchers found that cruciferous vegetable consumption was associated with a reduced risk of death from heart disease, which is one of the complications of diabetes.Broccoli also has very high vitamin A power promoting healthy vision; is rich in fibre and has low calories, making it good for diabetics.
  • Asparagus: This is a vegetabe.The British Journal of Nutrition reported a research suggesting that Asparagus that can help keep blood sugar levels in check and increase insulin production. It’s a low calorie vegetable with high fibre and folate.
  • Drinks: .Its recommended to take Natural Fruit juice. For sodas, take Coke Zero ; avoid Fanta orange, lucozade and related sodas.

Avoid eating much of the folowing foods because they have a potential of raising your blood glucose quick:

  • Spaghetti
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Yams
  • White rice
  • Noodles
  • Coco pops
  • Corn Flakes

For any more consultations on any of the foods you have in your locality, please visit your doctor for guidance or find an on-line doctor here on

About the author

Samuel Kagamba is a medical doctor,computer programmer and entrepreneur; very passionate about developing technologies to improve healthcare delivery in Africa.Off duty, he loves soccer and making new friends.Follow him on twitter
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Samuel Kagamba – who has written posts on Aferdoc Blog.

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