Type 2 diabetes is a lifelong condition in which the level of sugar in the blood is too high.
It can be dangerous, because if not controlled properly, diabetes can cause serious complications with the heart, eyes, kidneys and nerves.
As well as taking medication to treat the condition, type 2 diabetes can be controlled by making certain lifestyle changes.
Exercising regularly and eating a healthy, balanced diet are two ways to control the condition.
This is because maintaining a healthy weight lowers the risk of complications occurring.
There isn’t anything people with diabetes can’t eat, but they should cut down on certain foods which can worsen the condition.
These include foods which are high in sugar, calories and carbohydrates.
Swap the following carbs for these tasty alternatives.
Swap regular pasta for pasta made out of courgette, or so-called ’courgetti’.
Courgette pasta can be bought ready-made from supermarkets, or can easily be made at home.
You can make it at home by chopping off the top and bottom of the courgette and using a vegetable peeler to peel strips off the whole of the length.
Cook for one minute in boiling water and drain well. Season with pepper.
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Swap white potatoes for sweet potatoes.
Sweet potatoes are lower in calories and carbs than white potatoes, so make a healthier alternative when watching your weight.
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Swap regular white rice for quinoa or cauliflower rice.
Quinoa has a low glycaemic-index, which means the carbs have a lower impact on blood glucose levels.
Like courgette pasta, cauliflower rice can be bought ready-made at supermarkets or can be easily made at home.
To make cauliflower rice at home, break the head of a cauliflower into florets, and shred them with a cheese grater.
Microwave it, steam it or fry it using a small amount of low-calorie spray.
“Everyone should eat some starchy foods every day as part of a healthy, balanced diet,” said Diabetes UK.
“Although your usual favourite carbohydrates, such as pasta, rice, noodles and potatoes are very popular, they’re not the only options.”
Published at Tue, 30 Oct 2018 09:13:00 +0000