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Life with diabetes can still be sugary sweet

by , 09 January 2013

Most of us over-indulge over the festive season – beware if you’ve taken in more fatty, sugary foods and drinks than normal. Just last week, the Fore Good Group reported that your chance of developing Type Two diabetes increases if your diet is low in fibre and high in fat. Luckily, you can prevent and control the disease by making a few lifestyle changes – and you don’t even have to give up sugar!

Diabetes develops if there’s too much sugar in the body. With Type One diabetes, the body can’t produce its own insulin, which is used to metabolise the glucose or sugar. With Type Two diabetes, the most common form, insulin is produced but not enough to properly regulate sugar levels. 
 
Prevent Type Two diabetes with a healthy diet
 
An unhealthy lifestyle is the most common cause of Type Two diabetes. You can prevent it by following a healthy diet and getting plenty of exercise. Some of the healthier eating choices you should make include adding lots of fibre to your diet, as this improves blood sugar control. You should also choose whole-grain foods and slow energy-releasing carbohydrates like brown rice, sweet potatoes and wholewheat bread and pasta. Go for 'healthy' fats like olive oil and avocado where you can, and cut down on the overall amount of fat in your diet by substituting low-fat milk for cream. Choose lean proteins like fish and beans and opt to grill, stir-fry or bake food rather than frying it. 
 
Here’s how diabetics can still get a sugar rush
 
Most diabetics are surprised to learn that sugar isn’t automatically outlawed in the diabetic lifestyle. Sugar in the form of sweets and baked goods can still be included in moderation if taken at mealtimes with other foods, as this will prevent a spike in blood sugar levels. You can also choose sugar substitutes like sucralose. This is the primary sweetening ingredient in Canderel Yellow. It’s an ideal alternative to sugar as it adds sweetness without adding extra kilojoules or carbohydrates. The good news is that sucralose has no impact on blood glucose or insulin levels, making it the perfect choice for diabetics. Sucralose is already used in everything from cereals and desserts to beverages and syrups. 
 
Did you know you can defeat diabetes in seven ways without a single drug? Click here to find out how! If you sign up for our Health Bytes newsletter, you’ll also get our special free report titled ‘Stop diabetes in its tracks’. 

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