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Living with diabetes isn’t exactly anyone’s idea of a great time. All those medications you have to take, making sure your diet doesn’t deviate from the plan, constantly checking your blood pressure, sticking a needle into your arm and pumping in the insulin. Yeah, it’s not exactly a party. But it is so important to adhere to these measures because keeping your diabetes under control will prevent the disease from taking over your life, and your health.

That’s why eating a delicious and nutritious diet is so important, exercising is so vital, and taking your medication is so crucial. Not only can these things prevent extra complexities from cropping up, you may actually be able to reverse some of the negative side effects.

Here are a few of the most common side effects and how they may be better managed through diet.


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Rising Blood Pressure

Diabetes has a huge effect on how much insulin you produce and what your body does with that insulin. This then lowers your good cholesterol levels, which raises the level of harmful fats within your body. Voila, your blood pressure rises and with that so does your risk of having a stroke, getting heart disease and perhaps even suffering from memory. To help lower your blood pressure, make sure you are eating healthy fats like salmon, coconut oil and avocados, in addition to high-fiber foods good for maintaining blood pressure such as white beans, whole grains, peaches and nectarines.


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Don’t Lose Your Nerve

About half of people who fail to manage their diabetes end up suffering from nerve damage. This often means you will need to undergo sciatica treatment as well as diabetic treatment and chiropractic remedies. The worst part about this is you may not get any symptoms, or it could be something really mild like a bit of numbness in your legs, hands or feet. This can very quickly become painful, as anyone suffering from a nerve condition like sciatica will tell you, and weakness will follow. What foods help? Things like fatty fish (there’s that salmon again), leafy greens, and turmeric, which is an ancient remedy for many ailments.


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Your Vision May Fade

The official term is retinopathy, which is where the light-sensitive tissue at the back of your eye starts to get damaged because high blood glucose levels affect the delicate vessels.  This can happen up to five years before diagnosis, which is why around 4 million diabetics suffer from it. Of course, there are certain foods which can help prevent this from happening, such as carrots, tomatoes, red cabbage, berries – especially blueberries – grapes and greens – especially spinach. Mmmmm a delicious green smoothie daily for a delicious, nutritious breakfast that can also help your vision? That’s a pretty good deal sure to improve your overall health in the process.


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Kidney Failure

We know that diabetes affects the blood, but the organ it often affects first is the kidneys, which filter your blood. To put it bluntly your kidneys won’t be able to work as effectively and will even start losing healthy compounds you need, like protein. What this means for those who don’t take the necessary steps to control their diabetes is kidney failure (at least for about 40% of those with Type 2 diabetes). In terms of what food is best berries, cinnamon, kidney beans (who would have thunk it, right!) and olive oil all help the kidney’s job become easier.

If you have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, always consult with your doctor and a registered dietitian to find the diet that is right for you. But keep in mind that certain foods, like fatty fish, berries and leafy greens, can be a big help when it comes to controlling the symptoms of your disease.


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