Type 2 diabetes: Six dinner ideas to help lower blood sugar

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Type 2 diabetes develops when the body becomes resistant to insulin or when the pancreas is unable to produce enough insulin. Factors for developing the condition include environmental factors, genetics and being overweight with little to no exercise. When a person is diagnosed with diabetes, their food choices needs to be examined as the condition could develop into something more serious such as heart and blood vessel disease, nerve damage, kidney damage, hearing impairment, skin conditions, sleep apnea or Alzheimer’s.

A person can manage diabetes through a combination of exercise, healthcare, and careful dietary planning.

Dinnertime can be varied, flavoursome and fulfilling for people who have type 2 diabetes.

Diabetes UK said: “Diabetes won’t stop you from enjoying your food, but knowing some simple hacks and swaps will help you choose healthier options and make planning your meals a little easier.

Dinner ideas when you have diabetes:

  • Lasagne and salad
  • Roast chicken and vegetables, with or without potatoes
  • Beef stir-fry and vegetables, with or without brown rice
  • Chicken tortillas and salad
  • Salmon and vegetables, with or without noodles
  • Curry with chickpeas and brown rice

Following a healthy diet does not have to mean that people with any type of diabetes have to give up their favour foods.

The key is eating appropriate amounts and making sure their is a balance between proteins, carbohydrates, and fats, with an emphasis on fibre.

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases said: “Nutrition and physical activity are important parts of a healthy lifestyle when you have diabetes.

“Along with other benefits, following a healthy meal plan and being active can help you keep your blood glucose level in your target range.

“Foods to avoid for dinner include fried foods, foods high in salt, sweets such as ice cream or baked goods and beverages with added sugar.”

When it comes to snacking during the day and between meals, Diabetes UK suggests: “Snacking in general can make it harder to manage a healthy weight, which is really important from managing your diabetes.

“So if you do feel like a snack, go for a healthier option like carrots sticks and hummus or some dark chocolate rice cakes.”

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