They say that food can be the most powerful form of medicine — and that’s definitely true when it comes to managing diabetes. Certain foods contain powerful nutrients that can help control blood sugar, regulate appetite, and protect your heart, which are all especially important when you’re dealing with diabetes.
If you have diabetes, incorporate these 19 superfoods into your doctor-prescribed treatment regimen to help manage your condition and reduce your risk for diabetes-related health complications.
The healthy, unsaturated fats in avocado can help regulate appetite. “One study found that adding half of an avocado to a meal reduced post-meal hunger without impacting post-meal blood glucose levels,” Erin Palinski-Wade, R.D., C.D.E., author of 2-Day Diabetes Diet, tells MensHealth.com. “This helped improve portion control for the remainder if the day, which can be beneficial to anyone with diabetes who is working to manage body weight.”
Eating healthy fats also help reduce risk factors for heart disease, which people with diabetes are at a higher risk for, she adds. Try adding a few slices to a salad.