Type 2 diabetes is a condition in which a person's blood sugar level becomes too high. It can trigger symptoms such as excessive thirst, pee more than usual, and feel very tired. Left untreated, it can cause long-term complications with eyes, nerves, kidneys and feet. A healthy diet can help to regulate blood sugar levels, especially a variety of foods, including fruits, vegetables and starchy foods such as pasta, as well as to minimize sugar, fat and salt.
It has also been discovered that certain foods alone have blood sugar lowering properties – one of which is walnuts.
The nutty snack is celebrated for its healthy fatty acid content and keeps the heart healthy.
People with diabetes may be at higher risk for heart disease or strokes. Therefore, it is important that they get fatty acids like in walnuts through the diet.
A 2018 study suggesting walnuts is associated with a lower incidence of diabetes.
According to Diabetes.co.uk, one of the most important properties of nuts for people with diabetes is their effect on cholesterol levels.
It explains: "Avoiding high cholesterol is essential for people with diabetes, as high blood sugar levels increase the risk of arterial narrowing.
"Almonds, peanuts and pistachios reduce the bad cholesterol very effectively. "Bad" cholesterol refers to small, dense particles of low-density lipoprotein (LDL), many of which can clog the arteries.
"Almonds, walnuts, pistachios, pecans and hazelnuts reduce" bad "cholesterol by increasing high-density lipoprotein (HDL) or" good "cholesterol. HDL removes "bad" cholesterol and lowers the risk of heart disease. "
Another food found to lower blood sugar is the onion.
A study involving 42 people with type 2 diabetes showed that eating 100 g of fresh red onions lowered fasting blood glucose levels in just four hours.
In addition, a number of animal studies have shown that onions are eaten to improve blood sugar control.