Did you know eating a plant based diet could help you defend yourself against diabetes? Polyphenols are compounds found in plant foods, and new research shows that eating more polyphenols can help fend off diabetes. For individuals who already have diabetes, eating polyphenols could help to better manage blood glucose levels. Polyphenols help manage blood sugar by reducing insulin resistance, acting as antioxidants, and reducing inflammation. Polyphenols are found in red, purple, and blue plants, as well as tea, wine and cocoa.
According to the Environmental Nutrition Journal, “in a study of more than 100,000 health professionals in the U.S., researchers found that eating blueberries, apples, and pears was linked to a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Finnish researchers also found that blueberries were related to less risk of the disease.” Another study found that drinking tea “is linked to lower blood glucose levels in people over the age of 65 years.” For patients in the prediabetic category, one study found that “individuals assigned to eat a diet rich in polyphenols for eight weeks showed less oxidative stress and lower blood triglyceride levels than people who consume a diet low in polyphenols.” Making switches in your diet and incorporating more fruits and vegetables can help you defend yourself against many diseases, including diabetes.
Jill Weisenberger. “Plant Defense Against Diabetes.” Environmental Nutrition 39.12 (2016): 3. Print.