World Diabetes Day

Logo - World Diabetes Day
Logo – World Diabetes Day

World Diabetes Day (WDD) is held every year on November 14. It was first introduce in 1991 by International Diabetes Federation, and World Health Organization. However, it became an official United Nations Day only in 2006 and in  2007 the campaign adopted the “Blue Circle” as its logo. It’s the global symbol for diabetes awareness. This year the theme of WDD is “Eyes on Diabetes. ”  The two main messages of the campaign are

  • Screening for type 2 diabetes.
  • Screening for diabetes complications.

Best Foods For Lowering The Risk Of Type 2 Diabetes

  • Fruits
Snack on the whole fruit, not on the juices
Snack on the whole fruit, not on the juices

Regular consumption of whole fruits such as blueberries, grapes and apples will lower the risk of type 2 diabetes.

  • Olive oil
Source of Monounsaturated Fats
Source of Monounsaturated Fats

A Spanish study revealed that the people who used olive oil in their breakfast recipes has better insulin sensitivity  the entire day as it contains monounsaturated fats (MUFA). MUFAs also aid in reducing the belly fat that contributes to the inflammation and increase in type 2 diabetes.

  • Legumes
Stimulates insulin receptor cells
Stimulates insulin receptor cells

Beans of any kind are rich in carbohydrates, soluble fiber and lean protein. These helps to stabilize the blood sugar levels and keeps stomach fuller for longer time. Consuming beans also lowers the risk of heart disease.

  • Green Leafy vegetables
Green Leafy kale, add it in your salads and sandwiches
Green Leafy kale, add it in your salads and sandwiches

Leafy vegetables are an excellent source of vitamin K, and magnesium. Therefore, consuming kale and similar vegetables will help control blood sugar. Similarly, cruciferous veggies contain sulforaphane that has anti-inflammatory properties that aids in regulating the blood sugar and protecting the blood vessels.

  • Cinnamon
A sprinkle this aromatic spice reap health benefits
A sprinkle this aromatic spice reap health benefits

This spice contains hydroxychalcone that has the ability stimulate insulin receptors on cells. Adding cinnamon to your daily diet will reduce the fasting bloods sugar levels by nine points on those with diabetics.

Rich in soluble fiber
Rich in soluble fiber

Its rich in soluble fiber. Its also releases glucose at a slow pace into the blood stream. Those who consume whole grains such as oats daily will lower the insulin resistance, heart disease and regulars the blood pressure.

The other foods that you should consume are dairy products such as cottage cheese, milk, yogurt, cheese and eggs. Seafood is also an excellent way to keep type 2 diabetes at bay.