0330 GMT July 13, 2020
It is a chronic condition that can be brought under control if you commit to a healthy lifestyle. That's because the primary threat posed by type 2 diabetes — high blood sugar levels, is kept at bay by healthy living. Diet holds the key to regulating blood sugar levels and certain rules must be followed, traptown.com reported.
As UK’s National Health Service (NHS) explains, there's nothing you cannot eat if you have type 2 diabetes, but you'll have to limit certain foods.
The main culprits to cut down on are starchy items, such as bread, pasta, rice, couscous, potatoes, and breakfast cereals.
The reason for this is that starchy foods have a high carbohydrate content.
Carbohydrate is broken down into glucose relatively quickly and therefore has a more pronounced effect on blood sugar levels than either fat or protein.
This also means that some foods present hidden health risks for people with type 2 diabetes.
It is important to get your five a day fruit and veg, for example, but you should opt for non-starchy vegetables to minimize the risk of high blood sugar levels.
Non-starchy vegetables are those which contain smaller amounts of carbohydrate.
In fact, the American Diabetes Association recommends dedicating half your plate to non-starchy vegetables.
One particular non-starchy vegetable that has been shown to lower blood sugar levels is broccoli.
According to a study published in Science Translational Medicine, broccoli contains an ingredient that can help those with type 2 diabetes control their blood sugar level.
A chemical found in cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and sprouts called sulforaphane is thought to be responsible for the blood sugar-lowering effect.