Article taken from Psychologies Magazine (March 2019)
The latest National Diabetes Audit found that there are 7,000 Brits under the age of 25 being treated for type 2 diabetes. These simple tips from medical doctor Sarah Brewer’ can help lower the risk dramatically.
- Replace some carbs in your diet with healthy monounsaturated fats (in olive oil, avocados, almonds and macadamia nuts) and omega-3 fatty acids (oily fish and walnuts). This can significantly improve glucose control, triglyceride levels, blood pressure and cholesterol balance in people with type 2 diabetes.
- A study involving 38,000 women found that those eating at least one apple a day were 28 per cent less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those eating no apples, while a recent analysis of five trials, involving a quarter of a million people, found that regular consumption of apples and pears is associated with an 18 per cent reduced risk of type 2 diabetes.
- Whether black, green or oolong, tea contains antioxidants that increase insulin sensitivity, supress appetite through the effects on hormones such as ghrelin and adiponectin and stimulate fat burning to generate heat and aid weight loss. They also have beneficial effects on the liver to decrease glucose and fatty acid synthesis.