Best Foods For Diabetics


I should have written this blog long ago, there are some local statistics about diabetes on the Island of Anguilla that prompted this article.

If the numbers I heard during a local talk show were correct, then one would have to conclude that Anguilla is in crisis

Approximately 200 amputees a year among people living on an Island, an Island with a population of less than 15000. Alarming figures indeed!

One develops Diabetes when the blood sugar or glucose levels are higher than normal; the amount of carbs you consume a day should command your attention.

It is important to have your blood pressure periodically. Studies have shown that about 25% of people with Type 1 diabetes and 80% of people with Type 2 diabetes have high blood pressure.

People with diabetes run the risk of stroke and can suffer from kidney disease, and heart disease.

What are the main symptoms of diabetes?

1. Frequently needing to go to the toilet, especially at night.

2. Increased Thirst

3. Blurred vision

4 Weight loss

5. Extreme tiredness

6. Thrush

7. Genital itching

We are aware that diabetes is a worldwide problem, and possibly more so with people of African descent.

The figures among Caribbean people are a cause for concern; I would hazard a guess to that Diet, poverty and lack of exercise are important factors in the causes of diabetes.

In the lands of sugar cane, and starchy ground provisions, one has to be mindful to control the level of blood sugar.

What is a normal blood pressure?

If your blood pressure is more than 120 over 80 and less than 140 over ninety it is considered normal but it is a little higher than it should be, and you should take steps to get if a little lower. Less than 120 over 80 is a healthy blood pressure level.

High Blood Pressure

You may be suffering from high blood pressure IF your blood pressure reading is 140 over 90 or higher. If top number is over 140 and your low number is over 90

Low blood Pressure

You may be suffering from low blood pressure if your bottom number in 60 or less or your top number is 90 or less.

The Best Foods

Raw, steamed or roasted vegetables

Leafy Greens galore

Kale

Spinach

Swiss chard

Cauliflower

Cabbage

Cauliflower

Broccoli

Green beans

Fruits and berries

Watermelon

Avocado

Raspberries

Black beans

Lentils

Peanut butter

Black berries

Blue berries

Golden apples

Pomme surette

Foods high in fiber, whole grain, -oat meal, quinoa (avoid white bread )

Low calorie drinks-no sodas

Use virgin olive

Fatty fish-salmon, mackerel, sardines, herring, anchovies, tuna

Asparagus

Red onion

Zucchini

Green Tea

BROCCOLI Sprout

Edamame ( immature soybeans in the pod)

Christohine

Carrots

Tomatoes

Humus dip

Sweet potato

Pumpkin

Dark chocolate

Bok Choy

Okra

Celery

Chickpeas

Brown rice

Bell peppers

Spices

Cinnamon, the Caribbean cinnamon preferably beware of most cinnamon found in stores

Ginger

Turmeric

Eggs, we hear conflicting stories about eggs, do some research and make your own decision

Flax seed

Chia seed

Greek yogurt

Nuts

Almonds

Cashew ( My favorite)

Brazil nuts

Hazel nuts

Macadamia

Walnuts

Pistachio

Pecans

Apple cider vinegar

Garlic

Squash

Spices

Cinnamon, the Caribbean cinnamon preferably beware of most cinnamon found in stores

Ginger

Turmeric

Foods to Avoid

Sugar sweetened beverages

White bread, rice and pasta

Fruit flavored yogurt

Sweetened breakfast cereals

Honey

Dried fruit

Processed meats

Fruit juice

French fries

If you have any concerns about Diabetes or wish to be aware of the facts about diabetes or are concerned about health you should research the topic and learn as much as possible, you can start with healthline.com and bloodpressureuk.org or webmd.com

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