As more and more people of all ages are diagnosed with diabetes everyday, grocery stores can expect people to turn more toward home cooked meals, seeking out nutrition advice and healthier options for feeding themselves and their families.
By Tyler Kim, RDBA Dietetic Intern, Wellness Workdays
30.3 million Americans in 2015 had Type 2 diabetes, and 1.5 million more are diagnosed every year. Type 2 diabetes, which is the most common form, occurs when the body becomes unable to adequately use the insulin produced by the pancreas to regulate blood sugar, especially after eating. When the body is overloaded with carbohydrates or sugars, especially refined carbs, over time the pancreas is unable to keep up with the demand for insulin to keep these blood glucose levels in check. Hyperglycemia, or elevated blood glucose can wreak havoc on the organs with complications including increased risk for heart and kidney disease, nerves damage and amputations, and impaired vision or blindness.
In managing type 2 diabetes, aside from medication, the two key components are physical activity and adopting a healthful eating pattern. Thus, as more and more people of all ages are diagnosed everyday, grocery stores can expect people to turn more toward home cooked meals, seeking out nutrition advice and healthier options for feeding themselves and their families.
Here are some "superfoods" to incorporate into a diabetes-friendly (or any general healthful) eating pattern:
Hopefully this provides a helpful tool for basic meal planning and creating grocery lists for diabetes-friendly shopping. For any further questions or individualized nutrition guidance, customers should be encouraged to seek out the help of your friendly supermarket dietitian or to consult his/her local registered dietitian and/or certified diabetes educator (CDE).