Diabetes is now becoming one of the greatest health problems worldwide. The rampant increase in cases is worrying and the fact that there is no known cure to reverse the condition further increases the stress level. Diabetes is a condition that is characterized by fluctuating blood sugar levels. It can affect anyone – including millions of young people. If the latest study is to be believed, women under the age of 55 are at higher risk of developing heart problems if they have type 2 diabetes. The study was published in the journal JAMA Cardiology. For the study, the researchers analyzed more than 50 biomarkers or risk factors in 28,024 women. Symptoms in women were studied over a ten year period.
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Interestingly, it was found that LDL cholesterol was only linked to a 40 percent increase in the risk of developing coronary artery disease. While lipoprotein insulin resistance (LPIR), a relatively newer metric system for insulin resistance, was associated with a six-fold increase.
Since diabetes is currently incurable, it is necessary to resort to preventive measures that ensure a minimal increase in blood sugar levels.
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Here are 5 diabetes-friendly snacks that will fill you up without raising your blood sugar:
1. Sprouts Chaat
Sprouts made with lentils and legumes are high in fiber, which helps the gradual release of sugar into the bloodstream, including chopped vegetables like onions and tomatoes, which could aid the snack’s lower glycemic load. Here is a recipe.
2. Moong Dal Chila
Moong Dal is also an incredible source of fiber and protein. Eating Moong Dal Chila for breakfast could ensure a healthy start to the day. A chila is a thin, pancake-like dish that is hearty. You can combine it with chutney or fresh salad. Here is a recipe.
3. Oat Idli
Idli is a puffy rice cake from South India that is often paired with sambar and chutney. In this recipe, the rice dough is replaced with a healthier oat and lentil batter, making for a diabetes-friendly meal. Here is a recipe.
4. Roasted chickpeas
Possibly the easiest on our list. All you have to do is take a handful of chanas and lightly toast them in ghee. Chickpeas have a low glycemic index, which ensures constant blood sugar levels.
5. Yogurt and berries
Yogurt is an excellent probiotic that feeds the gut with good bacteria. A healthier bowel allows for better absorption of vital minerals that help keep blood sugar under control. Berries are an excellent source of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties.
These are some recipes that you can include in your diet; Make sure you have a healthy and active lifestyle too. A healthy diet can only get you so far, a lot also depends on your physical activity.
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