Diabetes is a common chronic disease, with adults aged 45 to 64 being the most diagnosed age group for this disease. In the United States, the National Diabetes Statistics Report stated that an estimated 29.1 million people of all ages, or 9.3% of the total U.S. population, had diabetes in 2015.
It is well known that diet control is of crucial importance in the management of diabetes. Some people believe that fruits contain too much sugar, and that diabetes patients should refrain from consuming fruits altogether.
Actually, fruits are nutritious and an important component of a healthy diet, though attention should be given to the type and quantity of fruit intake. It is recommended that diabetics choose from the following fruits, which contain less than 10 g of sugar in every 100 g of pulp: watermelons, oranges, pomelos, lemons, peaches, plums, apricots, loquats, strawberries, and cherries.
Among them, two can help to decrease blood sugar and thus are considered especially beneficial for diabetics:
Pomelos are a citrus fruit that is rich in citric acid and vitamin C, which can can reduce free radicals in the human body. With a significant amount of vitamin C, pomelos have been used to treat colds and can help a person lose weight. But most surprisingly, pomelos contain a bountiful insulin-like substance and potassium, which can help reduce the risk of diabetes and help lower cholesterol.
The level of anthocyanidin in cherries is higher than what is found in grapes, strawberries, and blueberries. Anthocyanidin is an indispensable compound found in the insulin secreted by the human body, so intake of cherries can help to control the blood sugar levels and protect cardiovascular function.
The writer of this story is not a medical professional, and the information that is in this story has been collected from reliable sources — every precaution has been taken to ensure its accuracy. The information provided is for general information purposes only, and should not be substituted for professional health care.
Translated by Audrey Wang.