9 high-protein foods to lower blood sugar levels (Type-2 diabetes diet)

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DIABETES symptoms include frequent urination and unexplained weight loss. However, sufferers can alleviate symptoms by making simple diet changes.

Diabetes is a common, lifelong condition affecting approximately 5% of the adult population.

Around 3.7 million people in the UK have been diagnosed with diabetes and experts believe this could rise to 5.5 million by 2030.

The condition causes a person's blood sugar levels to become too high. It occurs when the pancreas doesn't produce enough insulin or the body’s cells don't react to insulin.

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The hormone insulin – produced by the pancreas – is responsible for controlling the amount of glucose in the blood.

Up to 85% of type-2 diabetes cases are associated with poor lifestyle, as a result of being overweight, obese or following an unhealthy diet.

The best diet for people with type-2 diabetes includes a combination of nonstarchy vegetables, complex carbohydrates, healthy fats, and lean proteins.

People with diabetes should avoid simple carbs like white bread and pasta and should steer clear of foods high in sugar.

A lot of fitness fanatics are following high protein diets these days as they have been shown to aid weight loss and promote muscle growth.

But which high-protein foods are good for people with diabetes?

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) recommends lean proteins low in saturated fat.

Lean meats, beans, nuts and tofu are all good examples of diabetes-friendly protein.

Here are nine of the best high-protein foods for diabetes sufferers, according to everydayhealth.com.

1. Fatty fish, like sockeye salmon

2. Canned tuna in water

3. Skinless turkey

4. Skinless chicken

5. Beans and legumes

6. Plain, nonfat Greek yogurt

7. Raw, unsalted nuts, like almonds and walnuts (in moderation)

8. Eggs

9. Tofu

By Laura Mitchell / Published 20th November 2018 in Daily Star

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