November is National Diabetes Month. At Paul Klein, DPM, FACFAS we know that diabetes can seriously impact the health of your feet. We also recognize that one of the best ways to prevent complications and podiatric problems associated with the disease is by keeping your diabetes under control. One way to do this is by watching the foods you eat. Having diabetes doesn’t mean you have to feel deprived. There are a wide variety of foods and flavors you can use to create enticing menus. Some foods are more nutrient dense than others and may offer multiple benefits. These are commonly referred to as “superfoods.” Below are 10 diabetes superfoods that can help you control your blood sugar levels and add great flavor and variety to your plate.
- Dark green leafy vegetables. Collards, kale, spinach and other similar greens are powerhouses packed with minerals and vitamins such as A, C, K, E, iron, calcium and potassium. They are also low in calories and carbohydrates.
- Citrus fruit. Up your fiber, vitamin C, folate and potassium with oranges, lemons, grapefruits and other sunny favorites.
- Sweet potatoes. When you are wishing for something sweet, try one of these vitamin A and fiber packed beauties.
- Beans. You can get as much protein from half a cup of beans as in an ounce of meat but with no saturated fat. They are also high in fiber.
- Yogurt. High in calcium and vitamin D, yogurt can help with bone and teeth health and may impact energy and mood as well.
- Berries. Blueberries, raspberries, strawberries—they’re all full of antioxidants, fiber and vitamins. They also add a sweet punch to cereal and yogurt.
- Fish high in omega-3 fatty acids. These fish help fight inflammation and reduce the risk of heart disease. Their fat is healthy! Salmon, trout, mackerel and sardines are among the favorites in this category. Avoid adding carbs with breading.
- Tomatoes. Chock full of vitamins C and E as well as potassium, this versatile food can be eaten raw or cooked, in a sauce or on its own.
- Nuts. Magnesium and fiber are among the offerings that nuts bring to the table. An added benefit is that a small quantity eaten as part of a snack can help you stave off hunger for several hours.
- Whole grains. These are a great source of fiber and also vitamins and minerals such as magnesium, immune-boosting B vitamins and iron. You’ll find them in whole oats, quinoa, farro and barley.
Diet is just one way to be proactive in managing your diabetes. To learn more ways to protect your feet, contact our Wayne, NJ office by calling: 973-595-1555 and make an appointment to meet with our podiatrist, Dr. Paul G. Klein.