Type 2 diabetes means a person’s pancreas doesn’t produce enough insulin to properly regulate blood sugar levels. Unchecked blood sugar levels can pose grave health risks such as heart disease or strokes. Type 2 diabetes may trigger symptoms such as frequent urination and increased thirst. Left untreated it could cause serious complications including kidney disease and nerve damage. Following this diet could help one to keep blood sugar levels healthy and drastically reduce serious health risks.
People with type 2 diabetes must be extra aware of the carbohydrate content of their meal so their blood sugar levels don’t rise, or if they are using injectable insulin, so they can dose insulin appropriately.
In a study with the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, glycemic index foods were investigated to analyse how it affects blood sugar levels for type 2 diabetics.
The study noted that one of the best diets to follow when dealing with the condition is a low GI diet.
What to eat and what to avoid?
Foods to eat for a type 2 diabetic meal plan include complex carbohydrates such as brown rice, whole wheat, quinoa, oatmeal, fruits, vegetables, beans and lentils.
Foods to avoid include simple carbohydrates, which are processed, such as sugar, pasta, white bread, flour, cookies and pastries.