Type 2 diabetes means a person's pancreas does not produce enough insulin to regulate their blood sugar levels. Overtime, unchecked blood sugar levels. Fortunately, certain dietary decisions can compensate and control blood sugar levels. Evidence suggests the addition of a fruit to one's diet.
In a 16-week study in 38 men, those who took 20 grams of grape extract per day experienced decreased blood sugar levels, compared to a control group.
Further research has shown that resveratrol – a compound found in the skin of grapes
Findings also show that resveratrol increases the number of glucose receptors on cell membranes, which may have a beneficial effect on blood sugar.
Busting the fruit myth
There is a common misconception that people with diabetes should cut back on fruit because of sugar content.
As Diabetes UK explained
"In fact, most fruits have low to medium glycemic index, so they do not lead to a sharp rise in your blood glucose levels compared to other carbohydrates drate-containing foods like white or wholemeal bread.
According to the NHS, the glycaemic index (GI) is a rating system for foods containing carbohydrates.
It shows how quickly each food affects a person's blood sugar
In addition to grapes, another fruit that scores relatively low on the GI scale is apples.
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General dietary rules for type 2 diabetes
As a general rule, restricting carb intake helps people with type 2 diabetes control their blood sugar levels, according to Diabetes UK.
While fruit is a low-carb low-carb option, sugary foods such as chocolate and fizzy drinks can send blood sugar levels soaring.
To be on the safe side, people should opt for
What are the symptoms of type 2 diabetes?
Symptoms of type 2 diabetes include:
- Peeing more than usual
- Feeling thirsty all the time
- Feeling very tired
- Losing weight without trying to
- Itching around your penis or vagina, or getting thrush
- Cuts or wounds taking longer to heal
- Blurred vision
As the NHS explained, many people have diabetes without realizing.
Consuming a certain drink first thing in the morning may help to control blood sugar levels.