Diabetes Mellitus or what we call “Diabetes” is a metabolic disease. It’s a physical state of human beings when the sugar level in the blood increases alarmingly with no sign of receding. Insulin hormone that is secreted from the pancreas breaks sugar molecules into different types of related nutrients and sends them to the cells for generating energy. When the secretion of insulin gets disturbed, the sugar level in the blood starts increasing. After a certain level, it forms diabetes mellitus. On the other hand, too much intake of sugar, fats, and carbohydrates is also a prime cause of higher sugar levels and consequent diabetes in the body. If you are taking sugared food throughout the day, your pancreas is not capable to form that much insulin to use all the extra sugar in the blood. At the same time, unhealthy food habit increases body’s resistant to insulin when insulin cannot work efficiently. The extra sugar starts damaging the organs.
So, there are two primary causes of diabetes:
- Higher levels of sugar in the body along with insulin resistivity through different food items including sweets and chocolates made of sugar, carbohydrates, and fats. This is called Type 2 diabetes.
- The lower level of insulin in the body. This is called type 1 diabetes.
Diabetes and Diet
In most of the cases, doctors find unhealthy food habit and lifestyle is behind diabetes in patients. In India, the incidents of type 2 diabetes are much higher than in Type 1. Craving for sugared food and fast food with high quantities of sugar, salt, and fatty products are compromising the body’s natural capacity to use sugar for energy generation, instead, the food you are enjoying slow poising your body.
Diabetes and meat consumption
Several research works have proven beyond doubt that higher consumption of red meat and poultry products increases the risk of diabetes mellitus Type 2. The research works particularly emphasized the way of cooking red meat and chicken. If red meat and chicken are prepared by barbecuing, grilling, and broiling, the level of heterocyclic amine (HCA) in the food increases alarmingly. This HCA increases insulin resistivity. Moreover, eating a diet high in chicken and meat increases visceral and abdominal fat that also causes insulin resistivity in the body forming type 2 diabetes.
Must-have foods for diabetic patients
You must simplify your diet with organic products, fruits, vegetables, and pulses. Sugar and carbohydrates should be eliminated as much as possible. Processed foods and roadside fast food items should be eliminated. Anything that doesn’t take much time to digest is good for your body. Even if you are not in a position to cook every day, use heat and serve organic food products for healthy and tasty foods of pure Indian quality.
Lifestyle, Food, and exercise tips to reduce diabetes
- Exercise regularly especially in the morning and evening.
- Walking is a good remedy for diabetes and many other health issues.
- Don’t smoke or drink – both are injurious to health and increase the risk of diabetes.
- Eat wholesome food having the lowest possible quantities of added sugar and salt.
- Eat less red meat, milk products, and poultry products.
- Sleep enough for at least 6-7 hours at night.