Spice Up your Diabetes

Are you tired hearing of restrictions in your lifestyle even when it comes to food?

Today let us discuss about some of the best foods that help to combat diabetes. The best part is it includes all everyday staples and no exotic item. Managing diabetes effectively is about making some wise adjustments in terms of what you eat, the quantity you consume and how much you eat.

(Caution: Before consuming any Indian herb please consult your doctor, especially if you are on medication intended to lower blood glucose levels).

Fenugreek is an aromatic plant that makes a key ingredient of curries and other key Indian recipes. Fenugreek seeds are high in soluble fiber. Fenugreek seeds help lower blood sugar level by slowing the digestion and absorption of carbohydrates. Consumption of powdered fenugreek helps reduce the rise in post-meal blood glucose levels, in people with Type 2 diabetes.

Garlic: The scientists found that moderate amounts of garlic supplements could offer benefits to diabetes patients, and that raw or cooked garlic or aged garlic extract can help to regulate blood glucose and potentially stop or lower the effects of some diabetes complications. Garlic is also a good source of vitamin B-6 and C. Vitamin C also plays a role in maintaining blood sugar level and vitamin B-6 aids carbohydrate metabolism. The best part is garlic is an excellent seasoning choice for people with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). It can give other foods a more satisfying, full flavor, which may reduce the need for extra salt. Garlic also offers a range of health benefits.

Turmeric: The active component in turmeric is curcumin. Curcumin is the principal curcuminoid found in turmeric. A 2013 review of studies suggests that curcumin can decrease the level of glucose in blood, as well as other diabetes-related complications. Researchers also found that curcumin may have a role in diabetes prevention. It is known to contain anti-inflammatory properties. In addition, it helps delay the development of Type 2 diabetes, improve β-cell functions, prevent β-cell death, and reduce insulin resistance.

Cinnamon: According to a clinical study published in Diabetes Care journal in 2003, cinnamon bark improves blood glucose and cholesterol levels in people with Type 2 diabetes. It also helps reduce the risk factors associated with diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Curry leaves: Curry leaf is said to be rich in fibre content. Curry leaves contain agents that slow down the rate of starch to glucose breakdown due to the fibres. These leaves can also control the amount of glucose entering the bloodstream. They are beneficial for people with diabetes. Curry leaf tends to boost your insulin activity and when the body is enabled to use insulin properly, blood sugar levels get stabilized.

There may be many other herbs that might be stated to have anti-diabetic properties but efficacy as anti-diabetics of these herbs have been scientifically proved and well researched. However, do not take decisions on your own, talk to your physician and dietitians, if you are planning to take these spices to ensure it suits you best and has minimal adverse effects.

What you eat is one of the key areas to successful diabetes management. Do you want to know more about such wonder foods? Join Art of Living with Diabetes today. Click the button below to get details about the course. 

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Published by Dr.Pratim Sengupta

Dr. Pratim Sengupta thinks of himself as conscious, living, soulful being with an inner urge to break the inertia of life. He feels that life is nothing but a material expression of the Supreme Almighty Consciousness. His conscious existence empowered him to see, to hear, to talk, to interact, to feel, to dream, to ask questions, and to seek solutions to every problem. In the flow of life, as he grew up, he understood that knowledge of life is the only way to understand the scientific basis of conscious existence. Hence Dr. Sengupta felt the urge to study the science of life – i.e. Medicine. After he completed his higher secondary education from the Ramakrishna Mission Vidyamandira in Belurmath, he joined the MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery) course at RG Kar Medical College, Kolkata. The professional packaging of knowledge in terms of a time-bound, goal-oriented syllabus frustrated him a bit, but nevertheless ignited the urge within him to study further. He thus went on to his post-graduation (MD) in Medicine from IPGMER and SSKM Hospital, Kolkata. During his MD training, he got a glimpse of the vastness of knowledge, and the quest to learn precisely the facts of life narrowed down his area of interest to the functioning of the kidneys and the specialisation of Nephrology – a discipline that is complex, yet relatively new and still evolving in terms of complete understanding of renal physiology and pathology. So, Dr. Sengupta decided to study and train for the DM (Doctorate of Medicine) degree in Nephrology. Right from the start of his career, Dr. Sengupta was passionate about Research. During the MD programme he worked on Cirrhotic Cardiomyopathy, Autonomic Neuropathy of Lupus, and Insulin resistance in Diabetics. All these research studies were published in national journals. During his postdoctoral study in Nephrology, he worked on Hemodialysis efficiency, and suggested an angular placement of the Dialyser in order to increase efficiency. This innovative concept was accepted for presentation at the World Congress of Nephrology, Milan, in 2009, and also published in Hemodialysis International. Dr. Sengupta also worked on Plasmapheresis – a blood filtering technique by which toxic and pathogenic immunoglobulins can be removed from the body. He studied the role of Prethymectomy Plasmapheresis in Myasthenia Gravis patients, and his findings were published in the journal Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery. The patient-empowered nutritional model for nutritional care of kidney patients is another interesting and innovative area in which Dr. Sengupta has worked for quite a long time. Dr.Pratim Sengupta won the Bharat Jyoti award for his excellency in the field of medicine. He is also the president of our non-governmental organization, The Kidney Care Society. His tireless contribution to provide quality living for his patients is worth mentioning. He introduced Mukti, blending ancient Indian yoga with modern medicine for well being of every patient. He has also introduced an unique online course "Art of Living with diabetes" which is a complete solution to diabetes management. He has authored many books, blogs, for the patients. Searching and researching for solutions to problems in the field of Nephrology remains the passion and dream of Dr. Pratim Sengupta, and he intends to persist on this journey as long as he is conscious. Meanwhile, even as he pursues his dreams, Dr. Sengupta diligently puts into practice all he has learned about Nephrology over the years, at the Belle Vue Clinic in Kolkata and ILS hospital,Dumdum where he is available for his patient

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