Nutrition is important for everyone, but it’s especially critical for people living with type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
Nutrition and type 2 diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is a disease in which the body cannot make enough insulin or does not properly use the insulin it makes. A hormone produced by the pancreas, insulin helps control glucose (or sugar) levels in the blood.
Over time, high blood sugar levels can cause major health problems, such as damage to nerves, blood vessels and organs - including the heart. Heart disease is the most serious health complication people with type 2 diabetes can develop.
Healthy eating is an important part of managing type 2 diabetes, which can help balance blood sugar levels and reduce the risk of heart disease
Healthy eating doesn’t require a complete diet overhaul, nor does it mean compromising flavourful, delicious cuisine. In fact, simple food swaps can make your favourite dishes “diabetes friendly” and “heart healthy.” And other small dietary shifts can – in time – help improve your overall health.