Diabetes & You

Through how and what we eat, there are many small changes that we can make to improve our overall health and well-being. Food is our source of energy, so why not provide it the right kind of energy ? A well-balanced diet of fruits vegetables, whole wheat grains, dairy products and a little meat, can go a long way to improving our health. However, there are certain chronic conditions, such as type 2 diabetes, that can be managed very well through an individualized nutrition plan. Not only is food fuel for our bodies, it also provides it with vital vitamins and nutrients so that we can function properly. When living with a chronic illness, our bodies may need supplementation of certain vitamins and minerals which, can generally be achieved through nutrition.

Niacin (also known of Vitamin B3) for example is a key vitamin when looking to control blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes. Its role is to help all the cells in the body to absorb and use glucose. It has also been known to help reduce cholesterol levels. The main sources of niacin include almonds, peanuts, chicken, mushrooms, salmon, tuna, whole wheat, potatoes and brown rice.

Therefore, by including or even just increasing the consumption of these foods, can be very beneficial to type 2 diabetics. Using blood sugar monitoring will help individuals see, which foods help them the most. Not are only are they improving their health, but they are also gaining a deeper understanding how different foods can affect them and are then able to make better decisions to manage their health.

For more information, visit www.ezcapespa.com or call 613.841.8400 to schedule your consultation with Susan Alsembach, RHN,  today!


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