Eat healthy to prevent diabetes

Eat healthy to prevent diabetes

Developing healthy eating habits isn't as confusing or as restrictive as many people imagine. Especially for people with impeding health issues like diabetes. People with diabetes have double the risk of heart disease and depression.

Diabetes is often called a silent killer because of its easy-to-miss symptoms and risk of developing its complications even before diagnosis of the disease. Some of the symptoms to watch out for are:

Frequent urination and excessive thirst

* Weight loss

* Hunger pangs

* Itchy skin and slow healing of injuries

* Fatigue and irritability

* Blurred vision

* Tingling or numbness in hands and feet

Diabetes can be managed well with healthy eating, regular physical activity and weight management. Diet for diabetics doesn't have to be complicated. Here are some helpful tips  to eat right:

Follow a diet plan that includes plenty of vegetables and legumes.

* Sources of high-fibre carbohydrates such as wholegrain breads, cereals and fruits are a must.

* Consuming lean protein sources and low-fat dairy products will be beneficial in the long run.

* Add spices as per taste. Reduce the intake of saturated fat and added sugars.

* Cut down on the portion size of your meals to maintain a healthy body weight and for better blood glucose management.

* Avoid frequent fasts or feasts. Maintain a reasonable interval of three to four hours between meals or snack.

Taking steps to prevent or control diabetes doesn't necessarily mean living a life of deprivation.

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