It’s been proven that nutrition can reduce almost all risk factors of diabetes. Nutrition is made up of the thousands of nutrients that we consume and that affect our health. However, today, most diets are only a part of a whole healthy lifestyle approach. This type of approach combines physical activity, which has proven to have a monumental effect in preventing diabetes in pre-diabetics. This approach is based on a diet rich in vegetables, whole grains, legumes, low-fat dairy products, lean meats and unsaturated fats.
Combining these principles with physical activities and weight loss dramatically lowers a person’s risk of developing diabetes. Similar studies have proven that an all-inclusive nutritional approach called DASH lowers blood pressure, similar to the way certain drugs do. Lowering hypertension is extremely important for diabetics.
Abnormal fat levels in the blood are a significant risk factor which is also significantly influenced by nutrition. Different foods and the connections between them have different effects on the blood sugar levels. Obesity makes the risk factors even worse, but losing weight, even a little bit, improves it.
The Mediterranean Diet
Many studies have shown that an all-inclusive diet, based on the Mediterranean diet and a healthy lifestyle lowers the chance of a heart attack by 50%-70%. No drug has proven to be that effective. Since diabetes is a factor of heart disease diabetics must adopt a diet that will help them prevent heart diseases. The Mediterranean diet has proven to dramatically decrease the risk of diabetes, especially among pre-diabetics.
Diabetics and pre-diabetics should see a dietician in order to make a nutritional plan which will help them lower their risk of diabetes. This plan should encompass the person’s entire lifestyle and should be suited specifically to them based on age, gender, preferences, daily schedule, and the risk factors.
Sometimes, part of these lifestyle changes can be taught in a course for people suffering from similar conditions. This provides a support group for the pre-diabetic, and a place where they can ask questions.
The combination of proper nutrition and exercise can significantly lower a person’s risks and complications. The old-fashioned idea of limiting a person’s simple sugar intake is not relevant anymore.
Food shopping can be a challenge for diabetics and pre-diabetics. Today, there is the ‘no sugar added’ label from the Ministry of Health. Many foods with this label are actually not suitable for diabetics and consumption can harm them. Many of these foods are filled with saturated fats, trans fats and empty calories. Saturated and trans fats are by far the nutrients that diabetics should only consume in small amounts. Look for food products that are low in saturated fats, low cholesterol, are satisfying and are suitable for diabetics even if they have some sugar content. Having the word ‘sugar’ on the label doesn’t necessarily rule out a product.
A Healthy Diet – A Modern Prevention Method
Healthy eating habits can prevent a large number of modern diseases, some of which have been declared pandemics. Nutrition is a complex, central and important topic. The complexity of food, modern technologies, additives and preservatives, obesity epidemics, eating disorders, misleading advertisements all require people who treat and educate the population about healthy eating to be specially trained.