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'Let's take control of diabetes with fruits…..

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Learn about fruits that can help with diabetes and some of its symptoms.

whatisdiabetesmellitusToday, on the world Diabetes Day, let’s know how fruits can help to control diabetes symptoms. Diabetes is a metabolic disorder and many of its symptoms and associated complications can be controlled by adopting simple lifestyle changes and food habits. One change could be adding certain fruits in daily diet. It has been found clinically that consumption of specific fruits regularly may control some symptoms of Diabetes.

Fruits for Diabetics(suggested )

Jambul Fruit
The jambul fruit or rose apple is known for its anti diabetic property. The ‘jamboline’ present in the seeds is believed to check the conversion of starch into sugar in case of increased production of glucose. It also reduces sugar in the urine.

Grape fruit
In Hindi it is known as chakotra. This citrus fruit is considered as good fruit for diabetes as it can naturally lower blood glucose level. It is also known for its appetizing properties and refreshing qualities.

In many clinical studies it has been found that the chemical substance present in apple helps to control the diabetes.

Scientists believe that fiber and vitamin c found in oranges controls blood sugar levels. Including oranges in diet will be beneficial to control weight gain and reduce obesity.

Bilberries and blue berries
Both of them are considered to be helpful in preventing the damage to the retina caused by diabetes.

Dried plum or prunes is full of soluble fiber that helps to normalize blood sugar level by delaying the absorption of glucose following a meal and also increases insulin sensitivity which can help in the prevention and treatment of diabetes. The soluble fiber promotes a sense of fullness after meal which prevents over eating and weight gain.

The other fruits that are rich in fibers and found beneficial in controlling blood sugar level are pears, apricots, kiwi fruit etc.

Fruit and its fiber content.


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Bad fruit- myth

There is a common myth among people that diabetic patient can’t eat certain fruits as they are “too sweet” or contains lots of carbohydrates. As a matter of fact the total consumption of carbohydrate or sugar levels affects blood sugar level more than the source of carbohydrates or sugar.
According to mayo clinic, one serving of fruit should contain 15grams of carbohydrates and the size of the serving depends on the carbohydrate content of the fruit. That means you can eat low carbohydrate fruit in larger portion compare to high carb fruits.

The following fruit servings contain about 15 grams of carbohydrates

  • 1/2 medium banana
  • 1/2 cup (83 grams) cubed mango
  • 1 1/4 cup (190 grams) cubed watermelon
  • 1 1/4 cup (180 grams) whole strawberries
  • 1/3 cup (80 grams) sapodilla (chikoo)
  • 3/4 cup (124 grams) cubed pineapple

Remember fruits are just supplements and can not substitute medicine. Supplementing these fruits with medicine can help you to have better control over diabetes symptoms and prevent complications. 

Know more about Diabetes

Dietary advice to control the symptoms of Diabetes

Disease Management Packages

Ref: Health first magazine
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  • Comment Link sharon Friday, 18 November 2011 11:59 posted by sharon

    Let'a get them to stop drinking regular coffee and get them to drink coffee made for people with diabetes. Adryss has launched a new coffee just for diabetes this month. I am thrill to be able to offer this product to them.

  • Comment Link Scott McQuin Monday, 14 November 2011 20:40 posted by Scott McQuin

    I think this is an excellent post. As a diabetic I have found I can eat a surprising variety of foods as long as I keep it in moderation. (I always have dried fruit on hand too). Of course along the way I have found I have an intolerance to gluten and casein that I have to take into account as well. Hydration is not mentioned enough however. I have found Kangen water(TM) is the best water for hydration and support of optimal health.

  • Comment Link john brack Monday, 14 November 2011 17:38 posted by john brack

    Add fucoidan to you diet. Check out fucoidan and blood sugar at then read what peope with diabetes say about drinking Limu at www://

  • Comment Link Dr. Gregory Mitchell, DC, ND, HMD, etc. Monday, 14 November 2011 17:32 posted by Dr. Gregory Mitchell, DC, ND, HMD, etc.

    I must agree with Dr. Shah, with a few caveats.
    1. Grapefruit. Patients in my area [Southern California] routinely mix modalities, often going to the Chiropractor in the morning, having a visit with the nutritionist in the afternoon, then off to the Spa before dinner. Next day is the Endocrinologist AM and Homeopath [Herbalist, Naturopath] PM...don't forget the Acupuncturist on Friday! I must remind these patients, [on certain Cardiac Meds] to AVOID Grapefruit.
    2. Malic Acid- Apples [& some other High Malic Acid Fruit] are not good for everybody.
    3. Dark Chocolate-Eat your Chocolate! Not an awful Glycemic Rating for a food with definite antioxidant and poly-phenol potencies.
    4. Ice Cream- with reservation, Ice Cream is a good food for Some, not ALL, patients. Careful trial feedings will show you the way with this treat.

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