Treatment for Type 2 diabetes is all about preventing complications. Heart and blood vessel disease is perhaps the most important complication to prevent, since the heart and blood vessels affect the rest of the body. Fruits and vegetables are associated with a lowered risk for heart and blood vessel disease.
An article published in the Cardiovascular Diabetology journal in January 2014, reports on a study that could explain how eating various fruits and vegetables could prevent heart attacks and various other complications associated with Type 2 diabetes.
The study included 80 obese individuals with Type 2 diabetes, who were assigned…
- at least 6 portions of fruits and vegetables
for a period of 8 weeks. It was found the diabetics in the larger amount of fruits and vegetables group, had more carotenoids or vitamin A-like molecules, and more enzymes called PON-1 and LCAT in their bloodstreams than did those in the low fruits and vegetables group.
Some studies have shown vitamin A can be associated with lowered levels of heart and blood vessel disease. Some have shown wider areas for blood to pass through the carotid arteries in people with high vitamin A levels.
HDL or “good” cholesterol, is associated with a low risk for heart attacks but in diabetics the protective effect of HDL is less than it is in non-diabetics. The enzymes PON-1 and LCAT are associated with HDL’s antioxidant abilities.
This could mean eating fruits and vegetables containing these enzymes could help HDL do its antioxidant job – mopping up free radicals that can cause disease.
From these results it was concluded PON-1 and LCAT could be one reason fruits and vegetables help protect against heart and blood vessel disease.
Further research will elucidate exactly how fruits and vegetables contribute to good health. In the meantime, have some vegetables for dinner with fruit for dessert…
- one serving size is equal to 1 cup of raw leafy vegetables, such as lettuce, a half cup of other veggies, or a half cup of vegetable juice.
- one medium-sized fruit, such as a medium apple, a half cup of cooked or canned fruit, or a half cup of fruit juice is equal to one serving.
Onegreenplanet.com has a recipe for vegan omelette than calls for spinach, mushrooms, garbanzo bean flour, garlic, boullion powder, and baking soda, providing two servings of vegetables for breakfast.
Wikihow.com suggests making vegetable stew with parsnips, rutagbaga, carrot, turnips, sweet potatoes, onions, celery, vegetable stock, vinegar, vegetarian gravy powder, olive oil, garlic, herbs, and parsley.
A cup of the stew with a cup of salad along with an apple for dessert would provide 3 servings of fruits and veggies for lunch.
A large dinner salad will more than complete 6 servings of fruits and vegetables for the day. Ohmyveggies.com offers 50 recipes for veggie dinner salads, so getting your 6 servings or more per day should be really tasty.
Type 2 diabetes is no longer a condition you must just live with. It need not slowly and inevitably get worse. Now is the time to take control of the disease – and take back your life.
For nearly 25 years Beverleigh Piepers has searched for and found a number of secrets to help you build a healthy body.