This article was medically reviewed by Zainab Sikander, Doctor Of Physical Therapy. Zainab is a professional medical writer. She has written over 100 articles on medical, health, nutrition and psychology topics. She is a also a self-published medical author.
Whether you’ve had type 2 diabetes for a while, you’re newly diagnosed or you think you might be at risk of developing the condition, then it’s helpful to know what sort of diet and lifestyle is beneficial for helping you manage your condition.
Diabetes is a chronic metabolic disorder caused by the deficiency of the pancreatic hormone, insulin, or due to the inability of your body to effectively use the insulin. Both scenarios result in dangerously high levels of blood sugar which causes diabetes. There are different types of diabetes but the most prevalent one is type 2 in which your body is not able to use insulin properly.
Insulin maintains the normal levels of glucose in the blood by helping your body cells to use the glucose that is extracted from food. But sometimes, your body fails to properly use insulin and as a result, glucose stays in the blood. This results in high levels of blood glucose that leads to the development of the chronic disorder, known as type 2 diabetes.
Making changes to the way you live, especially when it comes to your diet and what you eat, may feel overwhelming, but rest assured that a diet to help manage type 2 diabetes isn’t as daunting or as difficult as you may think. In fact, the diet that doctors recommend to type 2 diabetics is almost the same healthy diet that they would recommend to anyone.
With a little guidance, you can still enjoy food and eating socially, whilst making healthy choices and supporting your health.
So here’s our top 10 tips for eating and living healthily to help manage type 2 diabetes.