10 Tips For Living Healthily With Type 2 Diabetes

By Hannah de Gruchy / Nutrition / June 20th, 2022

Living well with type-2 diabetes

Reaping the benefits of a diabetes diet

Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body cannot use insulin properly and the sugar we consume in our diet stays in the bloodstream instead of entering the cells where it is needed for energy. This results in harmful high levels of blood glucose which causes “Type 2 Diabetes”.

Whilst there is no specific “diabetes diet”, a healthy diet and lifestyle is beneficial for everyone. But eating a healthy, balanced diet, rich in fruits, vegetables, starchy carbs and lean proteins and keeping processed foods and those high in saturated fats, salt and sugar to a minimum will be extremely beneficial in managing insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes.

Such a diet, when combined with sufficient sleep (7 to 9 hours every night), daily movement and keeping your weight to a healthy level, can help to keep blood sugar levels stabilised and type 2 diabetes well managed. If you’re ever in any doubt, speak to your GP or endocrinologist, or seek the advice from a registered dietician or nutritionist. Stress management will also be beneficial, as stress can affect your blood sugar levels.

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