Diabetes is a common condition that affects around 3.7 million people in the UK.The condition is caused by the pancreas not producing enough of the
Diabetes is a common condition that affects around 3.7 million people in the UK.
The condition is caused by the pancreas not producing enough of the hormone insulin, or the body not reacting to insulin.
Without enough of the hormone, the body struggles to convert sugar in the blood into energy.
But you could lower your chances of developing diabetes symptoms by eating more almonds, it’s been claimed.
Almonds are a great choice of snack for diabetes patients, said registered dietitian Juliette Kellow.
They are full of healthy vitamins and minerals, and could help to improve insulin sensitivity.
Eating almonds could even help to lower your chances of some diabetes complications, including heart disease.
“The good news is, for many of us, type 2 diabetes can be delayed or even prevented by making some changes to our lifestyle.
“At the top of the list is achieving and maintaining a healthy weight. The key is to act now – whatever our age – starting by being more active and making sure we eat a healthy, balanced diet.
“Add a handful of almonds [28g] to your snacking routine.
“Almonds are a nutritious snack that contain plant protein and are packed with healthy fats, fibre and an array of vitamins and minerals.
“A recent study in healthy young adults showed that snacking on almonds resulted in better insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance [indicators that the body can control blood sugar].”
You could also lower your risk of diabetes symptoms by eating move fruit and vegetables, urged Kellow.
Most fruit and vegetables are low in calories and fat, while containing lots of fibre to fill you up.
That means you’re unlikely to put on weight by eating them, and obesity is a risk factor for diabetes.
Everyone should aim to eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables every day.
Regular exercise will also lower your chances of developing the condition. Everyone should aim for around 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity every week.
Many people may have diabetes without even knowing about it, as the symptoms don’t necessarily make you feel unwell.
Common diabetes symptoms include fatigue, passing more urine than normal, and having blurred vision.
Speak to a doctor if you’re worried about the signs or symptoms of diabetes, or if you think you may be at risk.