TYPE 2 DIABETES can lead to serious health problems if left untreated, so it’s vital to take steps to control the condition. There is one cooking ingredient which has been shown to lower blood sugar and could be effective in treating diabetes.
Diabetes is a condition in which the level of sugar in a person’s blood is too high.
In people with type 2 diabetes, this happens because their bodies don’t produce enough insulin or the insulin produced can’t be properly absorbed by the cells.
Insulin is needed to control the level of sugar in the blood and help transfer it from the blood into the cells, so without it too much sugar will remain in the blood.
This can lead to a whole host of health problems involving the heart, nerves, kidneys, eyes and feet.
Diabetic people can take medication to control the condition and prevent complications from occurring, but it’s also essential to follow a healthy lifestyle and consume a diet low in sugar, calories and saturated fat.
As well as cutting out unhealthy foods, people with type 2 diabetes could also add certain foods to their diet which have properties shown to lower blood sugar.
One such food which has been shown to help lower blood sugar is fenugreek.
Fenugreek is an aromatic plant often used in south and central Asian cooking, and is also used in traditional Chinese medicine.
Fenugreek seeds are stated to be high in soluble fibre, which helps to lower blood sugar by slowing down digestion and the absorption of carbohydrates.
In another study, incorporating 15g of powdered fenugreek seeds into a meal reduced the risk in post-meal blood glucose in people with type 2 diabetes.
A further study showed taking 2.5g of fenugreek twice a day for three months lowered blood sugar levels in people with mild type 2 diabetes.
Fenugreek seeds are also a rich source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, which help protect the body’s cells from damage caused by free radicals.
Free radicals are unstable molecules that can cause damage to cells.
Fenugreek is also commonly used as a herbal remedy for colds and sore throats, and may be effective in the treatment of other conditions such as high cholesterol and arthritis.
Fenugreek leaves are either sold as a vegetable or herb, while the seeds are used both whole and in powdered form as a spice.