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Diabetes diet: A study, published recently, said that a plant-based clean diet can help combat the risk of diabetes, compared to a diet laden with red meat.
It is not easy to be cautious of everything that you put on to your plate, but if you are a diabetic, you have no choice either. Sometimes even the most ‘healthy’ foods could cause blood sugar spikes, which is why it is often said that diabetes management is no cakewalk.
Diabetes is a group of metabolic conditions marked by elevated blood sugar levels. According to a study, by the year 2030, about 98 million Indians would be diabetics. Diabetes is currently one of the most prevalent health conditions around the globe. If you are a diabetic, you must supplement your diet with fibre-rich fruits and vegetables. When it comes to the diabetes diet, there is nothing specific that you need to include, but it simply means eating the healthiest foods in moderate amounts and sticking to frequent mealtimes. A study published recently said that a plant-based diet may help keep the risk of diabetes at bay, compared to a diet laden with red meat. Read more about Diabetes: These Plant-Based, Low-Carb Diabetes Superfoods Can Help in Combating The Diabetes Menace
Eating healthy can be expensive!
From making the conscious decision to eat healthy to the point of putting the food on the table, the thought of the expenses it would require can put you off..
But it doesn’t have to be that way. You can follow this simple process to understand how good dieting doesn’t have to always weigh heavily on your pocket.
According to a study from sports and nutrition company My Protein, the cost of living a healthy lifestyle can cost more than college tuition, but the good news is, there are many strategies for making nutrition more affordable. Many of these strategies boil down to having a plan, doing your research, and making small eating lifestyle changes that can have a big impact down the line. We believe eating healthy doesn’t have to be at odds with eating within your means. Keeping a long-term view is the key to making smart financial decisions — and healthy decisions, too!
Why eating healthy and prioritizing your health makes financial sense
There are plenty of situations in which the healthier choice and the frugal choice are one and the same. It’s true that junk foods tend to be slightly cheaper than healthier options, according to researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health). But what if you made up that negligible cost by eating out less often? That’s a relevant question for the average Nigerian, because as from 2015, spending at restaurants has exceeded grocery spending and there is no slowing down anytime soon.
How much might you save by skipping the drive-through once a week — and what healthy foods could you buy instead?
Eating at home is a lot less expensive than eating at a restaurant, especially if you prep meals in bulk. Plus, when you cook at home, you can control what goes into your meal. You can make healthy substitutions or reduce the salt and avoid oil. You can control portion size. In this case, cooking for yourself is both the healthiest and the thriftier option.
Additionally, there are many direct and indirect costs associated with poor health. Being significantly overweight can increase your risk of developing diabetes and heart disease, among many other conditions. Poor nutrition can cause anemia, and lack of exercise is associated with higher risk for certain cancers. Long-term staying healthy will keep healthcare costs low — and quality of life high.
Food and Arthritis
Millions of people suffer from painful and swollen joints caused by arthritis. Unfortunately, health care providers often don’t discuss diet change with patients who have arthritis. This is likely because older research, which tested diets with dairy products, oil, poultry, or meat, showed little benefit. Now, though, research shows that foods can play a substantial role in arthritis. It is clear that, at least for some people, a healthier menu is the answer.
Different Types of Arthritis
Arthritis is actually a group of several diseases. Osteoarthritis is a gradual loss of cartilage and overgrowth of bone in the joints, especially the knees, hips, spine, and fingers. More than 20 million Americans, mostly over age 45, suffer from osteoarthritis as a result of accumulated wear and tear. The condition typically develops gradually and can cause pain and stiffness, although it usually does not cause major interference with the use of the hands.
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA), which affects more than 2 million people, is a more aggressive form of the disease. It causes painful, inflamed joints, and can result in permanent damage. Rheumatoid arthritis is one of medicine’s mysteries. The disease does not appear in medical reports until the early 1800s, and some suspect that a virus or bacterium may play a role by setting off an autoimmune reaction. Certain genes also make some people more likely to develop RA.
Health concern about eggs: What is beneath the shell?
There are many reasons to eliminate eggs from your diet. Recent studies suggest that egg consumption can cause heart disease, diabetes, and even cancer.
Eggs have zero dietary fiber, and more than 60 percent of their calories are from fat—a large portion of which is saturated fat. An average-sized egg also contains an unhealthful 186 milligrams of cholesterol. To put this amount in perspective, those with high cholesterol, diabetes, or cardiovascular disease are advised to limit their daily intake to less than 200 milligrams. But any dietary cholesterol is unnecessary, as our bodies already produce more than enough for our needs.
Another health hazard is contamination. Porous and fragile shells and crowded egg farms allow eggs to become the perfect host for salmonella, the leading cause of food poisoning in the United States.
Fish, a leading source of heavy metals and other contaminants, is frequently the subject of government health-risk advisories. However, some people promote the consumption of fish as the best way to incorporate omega-3 fatty acids in the diet. Let’s look at the issues. Read more about Health Concerns About Fish
Health Concerns about Dairy
Many Americans, including some vegetarians, still consume substantial amounts of dairy products—and government policies still promote them—despite scientific evidence that questions their health benefits and indicates their potential health risks.
Health Concerns: Bone Health
Calcium is an important mineral that helps to keep bones strong. Our bones are constantly remodelling, meaning the body takes small amounts of calcium from the bones and replaces it with new calcium. Therefore, it is essential to have enough calcium so that the body doesn’t decrease bone density in this remodelling process. Though calcium is necessary for ensuring bone health, the actual benefits of calcium intake do not exist after consumption passes a certain threshold. Consuming more than approximately 600 milligrams per day—easily achieved without dairy products or calcium supplements—does not improve bone integrity. Read more about Health Concerns about Dairy
High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is a major risk factor for serious health problems. Nearly 1 in 3 American adults suffer from hypertension, and around half of these cases go untreated. Uncontrolled high blood pressure contributes to some of the leading causes of death in the United States, including heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes. Read more about What is High Blood Pressure?
More than half of the meat products Americans consume are red meat, and nearly a quarter is processed meat. Processed meat products include bacon, deli slices, sausage, hot dogs, and any other meat products that have been preserved with additives or otherwise manipulated to alter color, taste, and durability. Current dietary guidelines recommend limiting red and processed meat products, but eliminating them may be the safest option, because scientific research continues to identify health hazards these products pose.
What Makes These Meat Products Dangerous?
Both red and processed meat products contain high levels of DNA-damaging n-nitroso compounds. Heme, the iron component of animal products, promotes the formation of n-nitroso compounds. Processed meat products contain these compounds because they are preserved with nitrites. N-nitroso compounds are also associated with increased cancer risk. Processed meat products are extremely high in sodium, which is used as a preservative. Studies show a direct link between high-sodium diets and high blood pressure. Because about 80 percent of dietary salt comes from processed foods, avoiding these products is critical for decreasing overall sodium intake. High blood pressure can lead to kidney failure, heart failure, heart attack, and stroke. Red and processed meat products are also high in saturated fat, which can lead to increased risk of cardiovascular disease, obesity, and diabetes. Read more about Red and Processed Meat Products: No Safe Amount
Food and Mood
Food and Mood
Nearly 8 percent of Americans over the age of 12 experience depression. For many people, depression poses a major obstacle to accomplishing even the simplest of tasks and can contribute to chronic diseases or exacerbate existing health problems. Luckily, evidence suggests dietary changes can improve mood and quality of life without the need for medication.
A study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry analyzed the dietary patterns and risk of depression in 3,486 participants over a five-year period. Individuals eating whole foods reported fewer symptoms of depression compared to those who ate mostly processed foods. Additionally, when comparing a vegetarian versus omnivorous diet, vegetarians reported more positive moods than meat eaters, according to a study published in Nutrition Journal.
Diet and Diabetes: Recipes for Success
In the past few years, much of what we thought we knew about diabetes has been turned on its head. New understanding of the nutritional causes of diabetes gives us the power to keep it from occurring or to turn it around. Here is what is supposed to happen: Our bodies turn starchy and sweet foods into glucose for our muscle cells to use for fuel. Insulin, a hormone made in the pancreas, ushers glucose into the cells. People with type 2 diabetes, the most common type, generally have enough insulin. However, their cells become resistant to it, leaving too much glucose in the bloodstream, where it can cause problems. Over the short run, people with uncontrolled diabetes may feel tired, thirsty, urinate frequently, and notice blurred vision. In the long run, they are at risk for heart disease, kidney problems, vision loss, nerve damage, and other difficulties.
Dietary Approaches to Diabetes
Diabetes diets typically call for portion control, carbohydrate limits, and, for those who are overweight, calorie restrictions. Fortunately, there is another way. Low-fat, plant-based diets are ideal for diabetes and the conditions associated with it, such as heart disease, weight gain, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure. And they offer the advantage of not requiring any weighing or measuring of portions. Going hungry is not necessary! The old approach recommended cutting down on carbohydrates. It’s true that overly processed carbohydrates—those made with sugar or white flour, for example—are poor choices. However, delicious unprocessed or minimally processed foods, such as potatoes, rice, oats, beans, pasta, fruit, and vegetables, were the main part of the diet in countries where people were traditionally fit and trim and where diabetes was rare. Unfortunately, highly processed carbohydrates and affordable meat and cheese dishes have moved in, and now we have a worldwide type 2 diabetes epidemic.