A daily log about my ongoing see-saw battle with with diabetes, with some tips that I hope will help you as well.
Can cabbage help control diabetes?
a regular person cabbage might not be a top favourite. And there are valid
reasons – it’s smelly, it’s unappealing and if not cooked right, can be very
tasteless too. But if you are a diabetic or suffering from metabolic syndrome,
then cabbage is that one vegetable that should be on your grocery list without
fail. Yes, cabbage can do wonders to treat diabetes naturally, and probably get
you off medications too (if you are lucky). Did you know okra or ladies finger
can also help fight diabetes naturally?
helps to lose weight: Cabbage is low in calories and high in fibre content, so
it becomes an ideal vegetable to choose for diabetics. It is also low on
glycemic index with a rank of 10 (anything below 55 is considered low). GI is
an indicator of how fast the carbohydrates will raise the blood glucose levels
in your blood. A food item with a high GI means it will raise the levels
quickly as compared to food with low GI. So bring cabbage to your table as
often as you can. Here is a sample diet plan for diabetes to control blood
blood sugar: Cabbage also has a lot of antioxidant and antihyperglycemic
properties that make it a medicine for diabetes. In a study done on rats in
2008, cabbage extracts fed to them for 60 days lowered blood sugar levels and
also helped to control fluctuations and keep the readings in the safe range.
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kidney functions: Since cabbage can help keep blood sugar level in control, it
also helps to maintain the kidney functions. When a diabetic has extremely high
blood sugar levels (over 600 mg/dl), the kidneys try to get rid of the extra
blood sugar by eliminating it through urine. This leads to excessive loss of
body fluids, resulting in dehydration. Dehydration causes the blood to become
thicker and further increases the blood sugar levels which makes it difficult
for the kidneys to rectify it. This is why diabetics are more prone to kidney
failures. Here are five other reasons for kidney damage that you need to know.
to eat it:
• A simple way to include cabbage in
your diet is to prepare the vegetable as a side dish at least thrice a week.
• If you dislike the preparation, add
cabbage to your dals and soups to reap its benefits.
• Prepare cabbage juice by chopping the
vegetable and blending it on a high speed.
• Add boiled cabbage to your salads with
a dash of salt and lemon.
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Kataya HA, Hamza AA. Red Cabbage (Brassica oleracea) Ameliorates Diabetic
Nephropathy in Rats. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2008
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