Explaining diabetes, and how nutrition can help.

Explaining diabetes

The cells will not interact in a normal way with insulin, as they do not take in enough sugar. Once the pancreas is unable to produce enough insulin to manage blood sugar levels. We must also be careful on how fast insulin is released into our blood stream. 

We get glucose from two main sources, the first being from our diet. And the second being our liver which not only stores but can make glucose; glucose is absorbed into the bloodstream where it enters cells with the help of insulin.

Our liver stores and makes glucose. When our glucose levels are low, such as when you have not eaten for a while our liver will breakdown stored glycogen into glucose which helps keep our stored glucose levels at a healthy level. 

Here is our seven green smoothie recipes to help maximise your health. 

Green Smoothie recipes

To help manage this disease people should avoid trans fats, including items such as margarine will not directly raise blood sugar but will increase inflammation, insulin resistance and belly fat, this will lower HDL and impair arterial functions. honey, maple syrup, beverages that has been sweetened with sugar, fruit juice, canned fruit with added sugar, avoiding foods made with refined flour, fruit flavoured yogurt, breakfast cereals which have been sweetened, unhealthy snacks such as pretzels and crackers, as well as dried fruits.

Carbohydrates, fats, and protein are our macronutrients that provide our body with the energy we need for everyday life. Carbohydrates have the biggest effect on a person blood sugar. This is because they are broken down and absorbed into the bloodstream as sugar or glucose.

Keeping active, eating healthy and balance can help a person with type two diabetes manage their blood sugar levels as well as their weight. Keeping sugar, fat and salt to a minimum eating breakfast lunch and dinner and not skipping any meals as well as eating a variety of foods including fruit and vegetables and starchy foods will all help balance blood sugar.

Hear is a list of foods you should include in your diet.

lady fingers, cauliflower, lettuce, cabbage, spinach, aubergine, onions, leeks, beetroot, turnip, cucumber, tomatoes, bell peppers, green chilli, carrot, lemon, white radish, red radish, egg white, soda water, cinnamon, garlic, broccoli, chard greens, Swiss chard, kale, green cabbage, arugula, romaine lettuce, turmeric, fenugreek, ginger, cumin, ginseng, bilberry, cayenne pepper, blueberries, strawberries, gooseberries, mango leaves, apples, grapes, grapefruit, oranges, mushroom, red onions, walnuts, quinoa, oats, amaranth, barley, wild rice, buckwheat, cannelloni beans, organic eggs, brown rice protein powder, nut butters, Brussels sprouts, celery, artichokes, avocado, honeydew melon, asparagus. green grapes.

By Aaron Christopher Slade