Eat for healing
Many natural foods are filled with micronutrients—organic chemicals with extraordinary healing powers and important benefits for your body. Since having diabetes is associated with an risk for high cholesterol, heart disease, kidney problems, and high blood pressure, you’ll want to be sure to eat foods that play a role in the prevention of these problems. Some examples:
• Garlic can lower cholesterol levels and blood pressure.
• Red wine may play a role in preventing heart disease—but drinking alcohol regularly may not be the best idea for a person with diabetes. Instead, for similar benefits, eat a small portion of red grapes or drink a small glass of grape juice.
• Eating a bowl of oatmeal (a rich source of soluble fiber) has been shown to lower cholesterol.
• The phytochemical called lutein found in spinach and other dark leafy greens may help fight macular degeneration, a major cause of vision problems.