It's no secret that most people in the world are suffering from diabetes and more commonly from Type 2 diabetes. In fact, reports suggest that Type 2 diabetes accounts for 90% of the cases and is also strongly linked with obesity. And we all know just how rapidly the condition is advancing amongst people these days with their lifestyle and eating habits. But that doesn't mean there isn't anything people can't do to combat the condition. Reportedly, there are certain fruits that could help prevent a spike in blood sugar levels.
These fruits happen to be blueberries and blackberries. Not only are these fruits rich in fibres but they also contain high amounts of anthocyanins which can help slow down the digestion process and allow nutrients to be absorbed by your body. These berries are also rich in potassium, folate, vitamin C and vitamin B6 and the absence of cholesterol in them also makes them great for heart health.
For those uninitiated, Type 2 diabetes is a rather severe condition and occurs when the body is unable to produce enough insulin or use it in the right ways. Because of the lack of insulin functionality, there is a build-up of glucose in the body which ends up in the blood and can lead to serious heart complications if not brought under control. And since berries tend to be low on the Glycemic Index, they don't end up spiking blood sugar levels and can be deemed safe and nutritious for consumption.
In fact, they're said to be so good that they can prevent a spike in blood sugar levels even after you've consumed starchy foods. "The GI tells us whether a carbohydrate-containing food raises blood glucose levels quickly, moderately or slowly. This means it can be useful to help you manage your diabetes. It’s easy to include low-GI carbs in everyday meals. Choose basmati or easy cook rice, pasta or noodles. Eat wholemeal roti and include dhal in your meals, use new potatoes instead of old potatoes and instead of white and wholemeal bread, choose granary, pumpernickel or rye bread,” says an expert.
“See a GP if you have any of the symptoms of type 2 diabetes or you're worried you may have a higher risk of getting it,” they advise. Now, that you're aware of what can help keep your blood sugar levels in check, give it a try and see whether it works for you. Stay tuned for more updates.