Why the Glycemic Index is a Better Approach to Diabetes Diets

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Diabetes can be a scary disease to face. A big part of facing this reality is adopting proactive lifestyle changes. You’ve got a lot of questions including those on topics about adopting a diabetes diet plan? What should you cook? Is there a natural cure? In this Q & A, we have some of the answers for you.

Q: What is a GI Index?

A: A GI scale or Glycemic Index is scale upon which the a food assigned to a particular number. That number scales up to 100, and is indicative of the effect of said food on the person’s blood sugar. A 100 on that scale is representative of pure glucose. Scientifically it useful to understand at what rate, and how foods are broken down by the body. As someone with diabetes it may be a baseline guide of what foods to consume and what to avoid.

Q: Using the GI Index, is there some sort of best diet for diabetes?

A: The answer to this doozy of a question is a little more complex. Diabetes has two primary types; the main characteristics of which can be seen below.

Common differences between type 1 and type 2 diabetes
Type 1 Diabetes Type 2 Diabetes
Often diagnosed in childhood Usually diagnosed in over 30 year olds
Not associated with excess body weight Often associated with excess body weight
Often associated with higher than normal ketone levels at diagnosis Often associated with high blood pressure and/or cholesterol levels at diagnosis
Treated with insulin injections or insulin pump Is usually treated initially without medication or with tablets
Cannot be controlled without taking insulin Sometimes possible to come off diabetes medication

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Alternatively, we have a great video source below that explains this difference:

The reality is you simply want to chose foods that have are lower on the GI scale. Responsible vendors have this information on the back. Alternatively, a quick search online can get you the information on certain products you need. These apps can help you keep track on the go.

Q: What are diabetic foods? What foods can I eat?

A: This is a great question and one we are happy to answer for you. We understand grocery shopping may have once been mundane, but this task has gotten a little more serious. Choices you make can affect how your body will respond, and some cases react drastically. As a rule of thumb check with your physician first, but there are some diabetes friendly foods to have a munch on and others to steer clear of. Whip some these together for some great, wholesome, diabetic cooking (low on the GI Index).


Q: Are there natural cures for diabetes?

A: Yes, they do some by working on the internal symptoms of diabetes. Some them have even shown to reverse it. Here’s a list of some natural herbs to use in your cooking that have restorative properties.

Fenugreek (Methi)

Reduces sugar and carbohydrate absorption

Additional Fact: Also reduce bodily inflammation, and the bitter nature counteracts sugar

Check out this video with a recipe for yummy and diabetic-friendly Methi Paratha

Jambu Fruit (Jamun)

Converts starch and sugars within the body

Additional Fact: Energy booster, a stimulant without the crash

Aloe Vera

Reduces blood fat content, aids in ulcer pain relief

Additional Fact: Great for skincare and burns

Cinnamon

Reduces blood cholesterol (smells amazing!)

Additional Fact: Cinnamon is a natural thermogenic which aids in losing fat

Read more here.

This was probably a lot of information for you to digest. And with good reason, this is road less traveled so it can be daunting. Stay heartened that following a healthy diet help you lead a normal life, and one that may even be cured from diabetes. Eat well and be well!

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