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Nigerian Food Diet For Diabetic Patients With Weekly Timetable by ogedanny: 9:31pm On Mar 12, 2017
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Diabetes describes a group of metabolic diseases in which the person has high blood glucose (blood sugar), either because insulin production is inadequate or because the body’s cells do not respond properly to insulin or both. It is a long-term condition that causes high blood sugar levels.

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There are three types of diabetes, namely:

Type 1 diabetes: in this case, the body does not produce insulin. It is referred to as insulin-dependent diabetes, juvenile diabetes, or early onset diabetes. People usually develop type 1 diabetes before the age of 40, often in early adulthood or teenage years. Type 1 diabetes is nowhere near as common as type 2 diabetes. Approximately 10% of all diabetes cases are type 1.
Type 2 diabetes: this is whereby the body does not produce enough insulin for proper function, or cells in the body do not react to insulin (insulin resistance). Approximately 90% of all cases of diabetes worldwide are type 2. Some people may be able to control their type 2 diabetes symptoms by losing weight, following a healthy diet, doing plenty of exercises and monitoring their blood glucose level. Type 2 diabetes is typically a progressive disease –it gradually gets worse and the patient will probably end up have to take insulin, usually in tablet form. Overweight and obese people have a much higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes compared to those with a healthy body weight. The risk of developing type 2 diabetes is also greater as we get older. Men whose testosterone levels are low have to be found to have a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Gestational diabetes: this type of diabetes affects females during pregnancy. Some women have very high levels of glucose in their blood and their bodies are unable to produce enough insulin to transport all of the glucose into their cells, resulting in progressively rising levels of glucose.

Symptoms of Diabetes
A condition is known as pre-diabetes often leads to type 2 diabetes also produces no symptoms. Type 2 diabetes and its symptoms slowly develop. Type 1 diabetes can go unnoticed but it less likely to do so. Some of its symptoms listed below can come on abruptly and be accompanied by nausea, vomiting or stomach pains.

Common signs and symptoms of diabetes

Frequent urination
Intense hunger
Unusual weight loss
Cuts and bruises don’t heal properly and quickly
Disproportionate thirst
Weight gain
Increased fatigue
Blurred vision
More skin or yeast infection
Itchy skin
Gums are red and/or swollen: gums pull away from teeth
Frequent gum disease infection
Sexual dysfunction among men
Numbness or tingling especially on the feet or hand
Causes of Diabetes
Type 1 diabetes:
Family history
Diseases of the pancreas
Infection or illness
Type 2 diabetes:
Obesity or being overweight
Impaired glucose tolerance
Insulin resistance
Ethnic background
High blood pressure
Low level of HDL (“good”) cholesterol and high levels of triglycerides
Gestational diabetes: if you have gestational diabetes, this raises your chance of getting type 2 diabetes later in life.
Sedentary lifestyle: exercising less than three times a week
Family history
Polycystic ovary syndrome
Age: people over the age of 45 and overweight
Gestational diabetes:
Obesity or being overweight
Glucose intolerance
Family history
Whatever the risk, there is a lot to delay or prevent diabetes:

Manage your blood pressure
Keep your weight within or near a healthy range
Get 30 minutes of exercise on most days
Eat a good balance diet

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Best and Worst Nigerian Food Recipes for Diabetic Patients
Your food choices matter when you’ve got diabetes. Some are better than others. Nothing is completely of limits. Even items that you might think of as “the worst”, could be occasional treats in tiny amounts. But they won’t help you nutrition-wise, and it's easiest to manage your diabetes if you mainly stick to the best options. Before we mention the best Nigerian food recipes for diabetic patients, here are best and worst natural intakes you should be mindful of.

Carbohydrates (starches):
Your body needs carbs, but you need to choose them wisely.

Best choices

Whole grains such as brown rice, oatmeal, millet
Baked sweet potato
Items made with whole grains and no (or very little) added sugar
Worst choices

Processed grains such as white rice or white flour
Cereals made with no/little with whole grains and lots of sugar
White bread
French fries
Fried white flour tortillas

Best choices

Fresh veggies, eaten raw or lightly steamed, roasted or grilled
Plain frozen vegetables, lightly steamed
Greens such as kale, spinach and arugula go for a variety of colours such as dark greens, red or orange (carrots and red peppers), white onions and even purple (eggplants).
Worst choices

Canned vegetables with lots of added sodium (salt)
Veggies cooked with lots of added butter, cheese or sauce
Pickles, if you need to limit sodium because of high blood pressure otherwise pickles are okay
Sauerkraut, for the same reason as pickles

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