Diabetes can affect fertility in women, as it has been associated with polycystic ovary or ovaries [PCOS]. Women with PCOS usually have a problem with getting pregnant and may also be prone to gestational diabetes. Avocado and olive oil are said to benefit women with diabetes because they are rich in unsaturated fats. PCOS patients are usually recommended to avoid taking foods with high saturated fats like fatty red meat and dairy products. Okra is also high in unsaturated fatty acids like linoleic and oleic acid that are good for the heart.
Diabetes can also affect your eyesight as it can eventually lead to glaucoma. Avoid food fatty food that can cause your blood pressure to rise as increased blood pressure affects the eye. Eat foods that are good for the eyesight such as carrots and squash that contain beta carotene. Malunggay or moringa is a plant that is very rich in medicinal uses and contains lutein that is good for the eyes. Spinach is rich in lutein and beta carotene. Grapeseed is good for managing diabetic retinopathy.
Diabetes can affect your kidneys and liver. It can compromise your digestion and metabolism. Drinking green tea is good for the body as it contains polyphenol and caffeine that lead to fat oxidation and thermogenesis that enhance your body metabolism without causing your cardiac rate to increase. Banaba is a plant that contains corosolic acid and lagerstroemin that exhibits insulin-like activity while stimulating glucose uptake. Bitter gourd is good for managing blood sugar with its active ingredient momordicin.
Diabetes often causes fatigue and weakness. Eat foods that are rich in zinc to fight stress and increase your immune system. These foods include spinach and malunggay. Diabetes affects the gums. Spinach and okra [lady’s fingers] are rich in folic acid that is good for managing gingivitis, a common gum problem characterized by bleeding and swelling or redness of the gums.
Diabetics are prone to cardiac diseases. Eating foods that are high in unsaturated fats are recommended as they contain omega-3 fatty acids that are good for the heart. These can be found naturally in okra, avocado, grapeseed, olives and fish like salmon. Take foods that are rich in fiber to aid in digestion and boost your metabolism.
Fibrous diet includes pineapple, okra, spinach, sweet potato and avocado. Grapeseed also helps in sending blood from the lower extremities to the heart for better circulation and blood oxygenation.
How do you enjoy your diet for diabetes?
Eat enough quantities of each course or part of your meal to provide yourself with a balanced diet that aims to provide you all the minerals and vitamins that you need for the body to function. You can start your meal with hot soup such as squash soup.
Eat your vegetable salad. This can be your vinaigrette salad using apple cider as your dressing or cane vinegar mixed with spices like onions, peppercorns and chili pepper or other spices. You can mix any vegetable like lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes and okra mixed with fruits like raisins, pineapple and apple among other fruits.Eat fish for your source of protein and good unsaturated fatty acids.