Healthy Eating and Type 2 Diabetes
Acquiring healthy eating habits is one of the main lifestyle changes we should consider to avoid obesity and excess weight, and to avoid the onset of Type 2 Diabetes. Other lifestyle changes we can do are: increased physical activity, leading a calmer life, quitting smoking and not drinking too much alcohol.
Remember that the food we eat is turned into glucose, and insulin is the hormone responsible for facilitating the entry of glucose into our cells so they can use it as fuel or “energy” so we can carry out any activity. We need to keep our glucose intake and energy expended well balanced so we can maintain a proper balance between glucose and insulin.
Some recommendations to improve our eating habits at all times, are for example, avoiding eating processed foods or high in saturated fat foods, have added sugar or simple carbohydrates and salt, avoid fried foods and “junk food”. Instead, consume foods with a low glycemic index and high in fiber, such as beans, bread and brown rice, vegetables, legumes and fruits as well as dairy products that are low in fat and foods rich in fatty acids Omega 3, which are found in avocados, nuts, eggs and oily fish like salmon and tuna.
If we follow these recommendations, we’ll be eating healthier and will be increasing our cells’ sensitivity to insulin signals, i.e., we’ll be helping our cells to be less insulin resistant, which will also help us prevent the onset of metabolic syndrome, Pre-Diabetes and Type 2 Diabetes.