by Alison Henry, WAFFL Nutritionist
Did you know that every week in the UK more than 135 people have their legs chopped off due to diabetes – this simply highlights the seriousness of the problem.
According to Diabetes UK each week more than 135 people limbs are amputated or chopped off and studies have shown that this lifestyle related disease is linked to the type of food that we eat.
Many people have diabetes and don’t even know that they have it (based on studies)
The Diabetes problem is about bad regulation of glucose (sugar) in your blood and your pancreas plays a vital role in how your body uses the sugar that you eat. Your pancreas makes insulin (think key) so glucose (sugar) can enter your body cells (think door) so that you can get energy. Failing that, your sugar can build up in your blood (toxic poison) and eventually this can lead up to diabetes complications.
In an effort to shift excess toxic waste a diabetic person may urinate more frequently than normal.
Solution – a recent evidence based study revealed that regular consumption of wine alcohol can reduce your risk of diabetes by up to a third. The publication added that the University of Southern Denmark experts believe that a chemical called polyphenols in wine alcohol can regulate blood sugar
Eat right solution – well this is also known to regulate your blood sugar and thus reduce insulin spike (high sugar spike may weaken your pancreas) – Foods also rich in polyphenols include; celery seed, black chokeberry, chestnut, cocoa powder, mexican oregano dried version, cranberries, olive oil, green tea.
Eating fibre foods is also a well-known solution to address unstable blood sugar. These foods include – beans, brown or whole grain rice, the skin of the potato, nuts, and oats, chick peas (full of goodness), green lentils, sprouted foods are better, green apples, berries (all kinds), oranges. pears.
While balance is important to try to safeguard your health and take the best measures to reduce your risk of getting the lifestyle related type 2 disease, knowing if you are diabetic is also a good way to manage your health going forward.