Type 2 Diabetes, a chronic condition characterized by elevated blood sugar levels, poses a significant health challenge, both in India, and globally. In Indian rural areas, about 2.4% of people have type 2 diabetes, while in cities, the number goes up to 11.6%.
Thus, effective management of Type 2 Diabetes has emerged as a critical challenge. Lifestyle changes, particularly in nutrition, play a pivotal role in achieving better control over blood sugar levels. However, there exists a significant gap in understanding how diet can truly transform the lives of those dealing with this condition. Moreover, individuals with Type 2 diabetes often struggle to find accurate information and guidance to manage their condition and improve their quality of life effectively.
Individuals diagnosed with this condition often struggle with fluctuating blood sugar levels, increased risk of heart diseases, and reduced overall quality of life. Despite medical advancements, many patients remain unaware of the potential benefits that targeted nutritional strategies can offer in managing their condition effectively. This lack of clarity often leads to frustration and hampered progress, and sometimes further aggravates the condition.
This is where Dietitian & nutritionist Silky Mahajan, a renowned expert in clinical nutrition and a leading voice in diabetes management is bringing about a change in managing this condition. With 15 years of hands-on experience and a deep understanding of the intricate relationship between diet and health, Mahajan has unveiled transformative insights that shed light on managing Type 2 Diabetes through a nutrition-focused approach.
Silky Mahajan advocates for consistent monitoring of blood sugar levels, the maintenance of a healthy body weight, and underscores that beyond medication, a nourishing diet plays a pivotal role in effectively managing diabetes. She also emphasizes the importance of discontinuing smoking and engaging in regular exercise.
Below are some of key food items which can be included to manage Type 2 Diabetes:
Karela Jamun Juice: Prevents erratic blood sugar levels, effectively controlling sugar. Consume it on an empty stomach with lukewarm water.
Fenugreek Seeds: Rich in soluble fiber, they slow carb digestion and absorption. You can enjoy as tea (1 tsp in a cup of water), soaked tea water, or add to meals.
Garlic: Improves high cholesterol and blood pressure common in diabetics, lowering heart disease risk.
Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV): May enhance fasting blood sugar levels.
Well-Balanced Diet: Opt for a balanced mix of protein, good fats, and complex carbs.
Controlled Glycemic Index (GI) Foods: Prevent sudden sugar spikes. Beware of GI values above 55, especially for diabetics.
Limit Sweets with GI over 55: Especially vital for you if you are diabetic.
Choose Complex Carbs: Opt for whole grains over refined ones to slow digestion and sugar spikes.
Leafy Greens and Protein-Rich Foods: Include fatty fish, chicken, eggs, paneer, tofu, sprouts, legumes, and unflavored yogurt.
Nuts & Seeds: Rich in fiber, aid sugar and bad cholesterol reduction. Moderate oil intake.
Add Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV): Possibly improves your fasting sugar levels.
Include Garlic, Karela Jamun Juice, and Fenugreek Seeds: Support sugar control.
Through her evidence-based strategies, Dietitian Silky Mahajan has already helped countless individuals regain control over their health and well-being. Her transformative insights empower patients to make informed choices, leading to improved blood sugar management, reduced medication dependence, and enhanced overall vitality.
As the world continues to grapple with the diabetes challenge, Dietitian Silky Mahajans ground breaking approach offers a beacon of hope for those seeking effective ways to manage Type 2 Diabetes. Her expertise not only transforms diets but also transforms lives, proving that nutritional interventions can be a cornerstone in the path to a healthier future.