Blood Sugar Supplements for Prediabetics | How to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes
Prediabetes is a condition where fasting and/or non-fasting blood glucose levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes. People with prediabetes have a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.
People with prediabetes are recommended to adopt the same lifestyle changes as those diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. These include maintaining healthy eating habits, exercising regularly and managing weight. Without such changes, people with prediabetes are highly likely to develop type 2 diabetes.
What foods can prediabetics eat?
Having prediabetes does not mean you must give up carbs completely. Glycemic index (GI) and glycemic load (GL) are useful guidelines for making dietary choices for prediabetics and diabetics. Low-GI foods are carbohydrate foods that cause a slower, smaller increase in blood sugar levels. Low-GL foods have low overall carbohydrate content. To control blood sugar levels, it is recommended to limit daily GL to below 100, which can be achieved by consistently choosing low-GI ingredients. There are many delicious low-GI ingredients you can find (for starters, check out here and here).
Low-GI foods include rolled oats, milk, sweet potatoes, chickpeas, carrots, kidney beans and lentils. People on a low-GI diet can also enjoy non-carbohydrate foods such as meat, eggs, seafood, nuts, herbs, avocado and most vegetables. You can search for GI values of various foods here.
Health supplements for prediabetics
People with prediabetes may consider taking natural dietary supplements to help control blood sugar levels. They may help to maintain normal blood sugar levels, lower resistance to insulin and prevent diabetes complications. Mannas All is a clinically tested supplement that you can add to various foods while cooking. However, consult a doctor before starting a new supplement, especially if you are currently taking medications, have existing health conditions or are pregnant or lactating.
* A clinical study with type 1 diabetes patients showed that participants who followed low-GI diets had lower blood sugar levels (HbA1c). Other studies1,2 have shown that high-GI and high-GL diets are associated with higher risk of type 2 diabetes.
*This article is only provided for general information purposes and reference only and not designed or intended to constitute medical advice or to be used for diagnosis. Please consult a qualified medical professional for further advice on decision making on treatment and/or medication.