National Diabetes Week 10th -16th June
In the UK, 3.2 million people have been diagnosed with diabetes, this is equal to 6% of all UK adults and 1 in 17 people. This total does not include the hundreds of thousands of people with undiagnosed type 2 diabetes.
This increase in diagnoses shows no sign of slowing down, and needs to be addressed. Type 2 diabetes counts for 90% of all diabetes cases, and is closely linked with being overweight. Type 2 diabetes prevention or control is about losing weight and preventing dangerous spikes in blood sugar.
Which foods can help you to manage or prevent diabetes?
|A high fibre whole grain that has been shown to have the potential to decrease the risk of diabetes by between 35 and 42 percent. The soluble fibre slows the absorption of glucose from food in the stomach helps to keep your blood sugar level under control.|
|The plain, unsalted variety. Good source of monounsaturated fats and magnesium. A large study showed that a daily high intake of magnesium could reduce your risk of developing diabetes by up to 33 percent.|
|Contains a healthy fat and protein combination that slows the body’s absorption of carbohydrates, keeping blood sugar levels on an even keel.|
|A good quality carbohydrate that raises the blood sugar slowly. Examples include black, white, lima, soy, kidney and pinto. The high levels of soluble fibre help to stabilise blood sugar levels.|
|Examples include mushrooms, spinach, broccoli, peppers, kale and courgette. A nutrient dense, high-quality carbohydrate choice that have a low impact on the blood sugar level.|