Diabetes 2 diet

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I am borderline Type 2 and looking to lower blood glucose levels by life style change. The usual dietary advice says eat plenty of fruit, which I do. However, fruit contains sugar - fructrose. So, shouldn't it be avoided?

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    Viz, from my experience as a T2. Some fruits are less loaded than others. in short berries are your best bet. Bananas are often touted as a good snack but are loaded with sugars. Fructose goes past Go and is processed directly by the liver. If you want to lower your glucose levels you really need to test your blood sugars before and 2hrs after any meal for a while, record what happens with any given ingredient. This sounds like its a bit obsessive however its actually in your best interests as the person most affected. Again from my experience it is acheivable but does take a bit of will power because it will almost certainly mean dropping some things you have been accustomed to.
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    you can choose some foods with a low glycemic index, causing a lower and gentler change in blood glucose, such as oats, soya, linseed, cauliflower, cabbage, tomatoes and so on.
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    Hiya, as a specialist diabetes nurse , yes increasing veg is fab and like someone says the GI foods also stablise blood glucose really well. As a T2, its the way the insulin in your body is strugglign to work that is causing the high sugars and so any, and I say ANY extra weight will be a problem. Losing weight so the insulin your body is producing can work effectively to bring down the glucose levels in your blood is the best way and also exercise to use up excess gliucose in the blood will also aid a betetr sugar level. Fruit can be eaten, liek any other food but shoudl be in moderationl As a T", you shiould not have to avoid any food but the less gluocse, fructose (sugars in fruit) and sucrose taken in will help. Veg ++++ will help though . Do you use diabetes Uk website? loads fo info on there. Hope it helps x
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    fruit sugar breaks down slower than sucrose, plus fruit has fibre , bioflavanoids, good acids, vitamins etc, also chromium is good for t2, cinnamon, ;lipoic acid. and yes the low glycemic diet is great, a plate full of broccoli might be equal to a quarter plate of pasta,being t2 you need to make sure your meal adds to your health(store of vitamins) rather than takes away. quinoa is excellent,a complete protein, high in energy
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    Fruit sugars bypass the insulin signalling pathway and go straight to the liver for processing. As for Vitamins, a number of them are fat soluble only so it is the only way they can be metabolised.

    Your diet ( whichever you decide ) will need to contain an element of fats.

    Sugars and starches even LO GI will utlimatley raise your blood sugars, Oats being a good example the spike is lower therefore considered more healthy .................. the spike is also longer which means your blood is Glyciated for a much longer time. Something akin to the Pizza Effect. After 2 hrs it dosnt show that much but look again maybe 4 /6 hours and it will still be high.

    Of course others may disagree.

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    i couldnt agree more, i think its fascinating that t2s can reverse the condition with diet and excercise, as long as it isnt chronic. fatty fish and nuts and seeds are good forms of omega 3 , this can help shift the balance from inflammatory to anti-inflammatory via the prostaglandins. i find personally brown rice and sardines keep me going for hours. good luck i hope diet and excercise work for you
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    and to add, for me most fruits raise my glucose-but apples and grapefruit don't, if i want a "sweeter fruit i would have it with some fat, like cheese - which slows down the glucose, wish folks would remember other factors contribute to high cholesterol levels, not just fats & not all fats either. eating a well rounded meal with some meat,veg,good salad and adding the fruits soon after the meal-slows down the fruits sugars, and don't let them tell you, eat lots of whole carbs, they try to load us on carbs--forgetting that veg have carbs and so do fruits-and try to eat fruits in season, and organic if possible-for the sprays) and someone said berries-absolutely. they don't think our ancestors suffered from diabetes eating a non-grain agricultural diet and self testing proves them right- go for the super foods and you will be in a healthier start, followed by keeping moving about & a fitness trainer told me the best exercise is to repeatedly get up and down from a straight back chair- to strengthen the core and loose belly fat...hope this helps.. sky p.s. very few in the medical profession understand type 2 diabetes..
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