Eating Healthy To Prevent Diabetes


Yesterday I made Buckwheat Chili. Yes, my husband turned up his nose over it. He ate one half a bowl. Our son put wild rice in it. He did not like the smell. He thought it smelled like plastic. It was medium spiced. Our son is going to “doctor” it up today with vegan sausage from the Whole Foods Coop.

It is important to eat healthy for your heart, to prevent heart disease and to reduce your weight.

Fiber rich foods are important.

Choose vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, and low fat milk over high carb foods and foods that are full of sugar.

Keep your saturated fats at bay.

Eat fish at least 2 times a day.

Limit your trans fats and for sure your sodium to 1,5000 mg/day or less.

Cholesterol intake does need to be watched.

High Carb foods raise your blood sugar. This includes simple carbohydrates and even sugar. Some starch foods can do this as well.

Strengthen your bones by exercise and walking.

Cancer patients need to watch their  hormone GLP-1. Cancer loves sugar. I can never understand why they have candy in some cancer centers. GLP-1 is a hormone made in the gut that helps the pancreas release the right amount of insulin to move sugar from the blood into the cells. It stimulates the beta cells in the pancreas to release insulin when the blood sugar level is too high. It also helps to lower the amount of sugar made by the liver.

We have other hormones in our body that affect sugar. One is glucagon that tells the liver to release sugar if the blood sugar level is too low.

Insulin helps sugar move from the blood into your cells. Insulin is also a hormone that is made by the beta cells in the pancreas.

In diabetes, your pancreas makes no insulin or very little. Sugar can get into your cells or it can’t get into your cells.