Diabetes: Use the cooling cucumber to manage weight and keep blood sugar levels controlled  |  Photo Credit: Getty Images
New Delhi: When you are planning a diet for diabetic people – for your own self or for a family member, there are certain specific things you need to keep in mind. There are certain strict dos and don’ts of a diabetic diet and they should be strictly adhered to ensure that the blood sugar levels are not messed with. Raw vegetables can be added to meals to ensure weight loss and controlled blood sugar.
A spike in blood sugar can be very dangerous for a diabetic person and may also be fatal. It is important to keep a strict check on what they eat. Cucumbers – known for their cooling properties, the presence of water in them and for great effects for the skin should be included in your diet for diabetes to keep blood sugar under control. READ – Diabetes: Try THIS morning drink to keep your blood sugar levels under control
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How does cucumber help in sugar control?
A study published in the Journal of Plant foods and Human Nutrition said that type 2 diabetes patients could use cucumbers to lower their blood sugar levels and maintain them at the optimum level. Cucumbers are high in fibre – which helps in lowering down the rate of carbohydrate breakdown in the body and control blood sugar. They are also low in calories and help in weight loss and weight management. READ – Type 2 diabetes: 5 skin problems common in people with diabetes and blood sugar problems
How can you add cucumber to your diet?
Cucumbers are a versatile vegetable and can be eaten in various ways. You can eat it raw in salads or just snack on it while working or watching a movie. You can add it to sandwiches and burgers. Another great way to consume cucumber is in dairy products like dahi, which also help in keeping diabetes under control. In winters, you can also make cucumber soup to enjoy a col evening snuggled up in a blanket with warm soup.
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.