Type 2 diabetes is on the rise not only in the older aged population, but sadly in children as well. The sad truth is that this disease is preventable with proper diet and exercise. Changes in eating and activity early in the onset of this disease can greatly alter the outcome of problems sometimes associated with the disease.
Understanding what triggers glucose levels to raise can help avoid problems that may arise from living with high glucose levels.
The obvious basic foods to avoid are sweets. Foods that contain sugar or an ingredient in the sugar family should be avoided. These foods have little or no nutritional value and can quickly raise glucose levels to dangerous levels. It is important to carefully read food labels to better understand what you are eating.
Another fact to realize is that avoiding simple carbohydrates is equally important in keeping glucose levels in check. Complex carbs, although though being dense in nutritional benefits unlike simple carbs that have little or no nutritional value, should be consumed in moderation by someone with diabetes. Carbohydrates, or carbs, are quickly converted to a sugar-like substance by the body for energy use and like sugar can spike glucose levels quickly.
Even naturally sweet foods such as fruits must be eaten in moderation. Though a great source of vitamins the natural sugars in fruits can have drastic effects on glucose levels, and it is recommended to research the fruits with a lower natural sugar level. Some of the fruits with very high natural sugar content are; watermelon, grapes, and apples. These should definitely be eaten in moderation.
It is very important to eat a healthy balanced diet to maintain nutritional levels and keep glucose levels stable. It is recommended to eat small snack-like meals every 2-3 hours to avoid spikes or drops in glucose levels.
Drinking plenty of water and staying active are also important steps in maintaining balanced glucose levels. Some studies suggest cinnamon supplements taken daily may greatly help in maintaining glucose levels in the normal range. However, as with any supplement, check with your doctor before adding anything to your health routine. Some supplements react adversely with some prescription medications, so always do your research.