Diabetes type 2 – the 40p lunch to lower your chances of high blood sugar
Diabetes is a common condition that affects almost four million people in the UK.
Around 90 per cent of all cases are caused by type 2 diabetes – where the pancreas doesn’t produce enough insulin, or the body doesn’t react to insulin.
But making some diet or lifestyle swaps could help to prevent diabetes from developing.
One of the best ways to lower your blood sugar and reduce your risk of symptoms is to eat chicken noodle soup, it’s been claimed.
Chicken noodle soup is one of the best lunches for diabetes patients, said medical website Everyday Health.
The variety of vegetables, along with a small amount of carbohydrates is perfect for a diabetes diet, it said
The more vegetables in your soup, the better, as they’re packed full of healthy vitamins and minerals the body needs.
“For a warm and soothing snack, have a cup of chicken noodle soup,” said the medical website.
“In fact, any low-sodium, broth-based soup that contains a mix of veggies, protein, and a small amount of noodles or starchy carbs will fit the diabetes snack bill.
“Try turkey and wild rice or a savoury fish soup with a small amount of potato. Sip slowly for longer-lasting enjoyment.”
Health website Healthline added: “Soup is an easy make-ahead meal and a great way to add some nutritious and fibre-packed vegetables to your diet.
“For people with diabetes, the more vegetables you can eat, the better. Many vegetables are low in calories and carbs, which is a must-have for people with diabetes.”
You could also lower your risk of diabetes by eating wholegrain foods instead of white bread, bagels or muffins.
If you prefer a baked potato for lunch, try swapping butter and cheese for a reduced-fat spread, and reduced-salt baked beans.
A tuna salad sandwich on wholemeal bread is also a great option for people with high blood sugar, claimed LloydsPharmacy.
Controlling your blood sugar levels is crucial, as patients are more at risk of some deadly complications, including heart disease and strokes.
But, some people could have diabetes and not even know it, as the symptoms don’t necessarily make you feel unwell.
Common diabetes symptoms include passing more urine than normal, feeling very tired, and having blurred vision.
Speak to a doctor if you’re worried about the signs of diabetes, or if you think you may be at risk.
A quick blood test should be enough to reveal whether you have the condition.