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Athletes with Diabetes: 3 Things to Eat

A key part of managing Type 2 diabetes as an athlete is maintaining a healthy and balanced diet; eating sustainably will help you improve stamina and healthy blood sugar levels. Sometimes figuring out the best foods to eat can be a challenge, especially when you want to eat well and feel satisfied. Here are some foods you can incorporate into your meals to met this challenge.

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Very nutritious and packed with vitamins, minerals and relatively low in digestible carbohydrates so they do not significantly affect the blood sugar level. Green leafy veggies include spinach, kale, broccoli, and cabbage. They are also a plant-based source of potassium and calcium and due to their high antioxidant content and starch digesting enzymes, they are beneficial for diabetics.

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Essential in a diabeticโ€™s diet in my opinion, because they contain high level of fibers, vitamins and minerals and are slowly digested carbohydrates in comparison to white bread, rice, and pasta. The slower absorption of nutrients help keep blood sugar level stable, for example: whole grain bread, whole grain rice, quinoa, and bulgur.

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Made from the konjac roots that grow in Southeast Asia, these noodles are high in a fiber called glucomannan which gives you a feeling of fullness and they are almost carb-free! Every 100 grams of noodles (1 portion) has less than 2 grams of digestible carbohydrates whilst containing less than 40 Kcal. This is greatly beneficial for diabetics due to the reduction of the sudden spiking of sugar glucose level. Shileo has a great selection of dried konjac products if you are wondering where to buy this Asian superfood!

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