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Foods you can eat with diabetes

Updated on April 12, 2012

Here is a list of foods you can eat with diabetes. Carbohydrates affect your blood glucose or sugar level significantly. Foods such as bitter gourd, cinnamon, onion and garlic is good to lower the blood sugar level. By making wise food choices, you can help control your blood sugar, blood pressure, cholesterol and body weight. If your blood sugar is too high or too low, talk to your doctor first.

Oatmeal for diabetes
Oatmeal for diabetes

How to keep blood sugar at healthy level:

You can help control your blood sugar when you eat healthy, get enough exercise and stay at a healthy weight.

Eat your meals at about the same time each day.

Do not skip meals.

Exercise at about the same times each day.

Take your medicines at the same times each day.

Foods you can eat with diabetes

Whole-grain Oatmeal: One of the best breakfast food for diabetes is oatmeal. Oatmeal is high in fiber and it is slower to digest so it doesn't raise blood sugar levels. One of the medical studies has found that eating a bowl of oatmeal every morning is a great healthy way to start the day.  Oatmeal can reduce cholesterol levels, and lower the risk of raised blood pressure, weight gain and type II diabetes.

Bean varieties: Kidney beans, chick peas, peas, dry beans, moong dal, black beans, sprouted beans, pinto beans and soy beans is good to lower the bad cholesterol.

Green leafy vegetables: Green leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale, broccoli, okra, bitter gourd, cucumber, unripe banana is good for diabetes.

Vegetables: You can eat fresh vegetables such as radish, carrot, cabbbage, beans, lime, lettuce, cauliflower, onions, tomato, garlic and ginger.

Fruits: You can eat papaya, oranges, guava, apple and pomegranate juice is good for diabetes. Try to limit the use of banana, strawberry, pear and cantaloupe.

Common foods to lower the blood sugar level: Cinnamon, bitter gourd, garlic and onion is known to reduce blood sugar level. Raw bitter gourd juice is good for diabetes.

Bitter gourd
Bitter gourd

Delicious recipes for diabetes:

Foods rich in fiber: Fiber rich foods such as whole grain bread, oats, green leafy vegetables, cooked dry beans,legumes, brown rice and lentils.

Nuts: Nuts such as walnuts and almonds is good to lower blood cholesterol levels because of their monounsaturated fat content. Walnuts are high in omega 3 fatty acid.

Other foods: Other important foods for diabetes such as fenugreek seeds, olive oil, skim milk, nonfat yogurt, egg whites, fish, chicken, pepper and zeera.

Chicken and turkey: Make sure to choose white meat and avoid red meat and always eat them without the skin.

Milk: Choose fat-free or low-fat milk and dairy products. Completely avoid whole milk. Go organic. read this hub on Top Organic Foods to Buy  for more information.

Alcohol: A NO-NO. It is important that you try to avoid alcoholic beverages. Alcohol can make it more difficult for you to control the blood sugar levels. If you choose to drink alcohol, only drink it occasionally and when your blood sugar level is well-controlled. It's a good idea to check with your doctor to be sure drinking alcohol is acceptable.

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      Mijo 5 years ago

      Thanks for an easy to use guide. Just what I was looking for

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      yumi 5 years ago

      oats is good/bad?bcauze im a diabetic patient and also pregnant wat wil i do (carrot,strawberryetc )are good to eat

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      Ruchi Urvashi 5 years ago from Singapore

      Good article on food for diabetes. I like bitter gourd and it provides all the health benefits too.

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      karen averies 5 years ago

      Yeah hi I've just been told that I'm a diabetic type 2 I just want to know what I can eat at the moment I'm eating breakfast in the morning and eat the same for lunch and then for dinner I have some chicken peas and toms

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      Jasmine 6 years ago

      Yeah.... it's awsome...

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      Jasmine 6 years ago

      This was helpful to my grandma...

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      CAROLE ANNE LONG 6 years ago

      I HAVE CROHNS DISEASE WITH FISTULA, USED TO

      GET BLADDER INFECTIONS BUT NOW I HAD TO GO TO

      URGENT CARE FOR A KIDNEY INFECTION EATING BROCCOLI

      I FEEL SO GOOD WHEN I EAT THAT, AND IT DOES NOT

      AFFECT THE FISTULA. INFLAMMATORY BOWEL DISEASE

      IS VERY PAINFUL, EATING RIGHT IS THE TRUE KEY,

      IT HAS TAKEN ME YEARS TO LEARN THAT...

      DUH....HAHAHAH

      I DRINK A lot OF WATER, AND TAKE ASTRAGALUS,

      FROM THE CHNESE ROOT, I TAKE 5 PER DAY,

      I DON'T GET SORES IN MY MOUTH ANYMORE,

      FROM EATING CHOCOLATE, AND TOMATOES BY TAKING

      THAT HERB. SPROUTS HAS IT FOR A GOOD PRICE.

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      tony 6 years ago

      Whole-grain Oatmeal ???????????

      If I eat 1 spoon of Steel Cut Oatmeal (this the best type of Oatmeal BTW) my blood sugar level hit ~200

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      deborah 6 years ago

      thanks for the information. I was just diagnoised with type 2 diabetes . but here something that complicates things . I have a bad gallblader that can't come out until my sugar levels come down . The problem is that what i can eat to lower my sugar level often makes my gallblader act up . If anyone has any ideas for this situation i'm all ears.

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      harshitha 6 years ago

      I WANNA KNOW WHETHER OATS INCREASES SUGAR LEVEL...CAN PERSON WITH DIABETS CAN HAVE OATS

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      Toni Miller 6 years ago from USA

      Thanks for sharing. I am diabetic, and I can definitely agree with all the healthy benefits that some of the foods listed will provide. As an RN however, each person tends to be individualized as to how certain foods will affect their blood glucose, so some of the information listed may not agree with all diabetic lifestyles. Good job!

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      ekta 6 years ago

      thanks very useful information

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      WAQAR-UL-HAQ BODLA 7 years ago

      thanks for such a useful hub, it is very effectively helpful to the diabetes.......please send some information about kinds of diabetes...........thanks and many regards.

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      Kay 7 years ago

      Are you kidding me? If I go anywhere NEAR oatmeal it raises my blood sugar 100 points. Every time I have eaten oatmeal my blood sugar soars over 200. You should NEVER say a certain food is good for diabetics. Everyone is different and everyone's blood sugar reacts differently to each food. The best advice to give someone with Type II Diabetes is to experiment with foods and see what foods do what to their blood sugar. Some of us cannot eat ANY bread, cereal, pasta, rice, etc. without having a huge spike in blood sugar. Restrict starches, limit fruits, and exercise more. Do your own calculations and record how different foods affect your own blood sugar and go from there!

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      Leti  7 years ago

      Thanks very helpful.

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      sharon 8 years ago

      Who wants to eat oatmeal every day? Who wants to eat the same things day after day? Egg whites have no flavor, and all the seasoning in the world don't help. Oranges the only fruit?? I am avoiding the obvious things, but aside from that, I'm going to die with a satisfied smile on my face. I love oatmeal, by the way, but not EVERY day!!

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      cashmere 8 years ago from India

      Raw bitter gourd juice? OMG...what does that taste like?

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      scheng1 8 years ago

      Yuck, I hate bitter gourd. Fortunately I dont have diabetes, simply cant imagine eating that for a meal.

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      Neal 8 years ago

      It is totally wrong to state that some foods are "good for diabetes". You simply avoid refined sugar and processed fat products, the key beying portion size and a healthy balance.

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      leehul geerhi 8 years ago

      thanks for the advice and its was very fruitfull and pleased sent me more detail ,how to prevent diabetes // my mail is geerhi @yahoo.co.uk .

      thanks and regards

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      sheryld30 8 years ago from California

      Perfect!~ Great facts. Thanks! :)

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      freddyfortunes 9 years ago from Canada

      Great hub thanks for the share...I posted a similar one with some more diabetic info....feel free to comment. https://hubpages.com/health/Diabetic-Meal-Planning...

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