Bitter Melon or Bitter Gourd has been widely discussed to be good for diabetics to lower their blood sugar.
The patients with diabetics should eat green leafy vegetables like Ghiya, Tinda, Tori, Kheera, Cabbage, Lettuce, Muli Palta, Palak, Capsicum etc. He should at tomatoes, bitterguard (Karela), amla powder, methidan powder, Jammu beej powder, Goondkatira (in milk), Garlic. Diabetic patient should have tea without sugar, lemon water (without straining), Clear vegetables and Dal soup, whole pulses, plain aerated water, clear tamarind (imli), water, Jaljeera, coconut water, diluted khatti lassi (buttermilk),
Thanks, Shanny, for that reply. It was really interesting to me.I firmly agree with you, Zeb, USE SOME COMMON SENSE! lol!
Regular food is fine - it's even BETTER in most cases - but just not ALL regular food and not in unlimited portions. Plus there's a difference for the patient who takes insulin and is better able to control a spike after it happens, than the one who's on oral meds, or perhaps just diet/exercise, and if that one experiences a steep spike, just has to wait it out or else exercise vigorously if possible, to bring levels back down.
I learned at the outset to avoid anything processed, and especially those ones that advertise as sugar-free, no-sugar-added, or diabetes-friendly. Another thing to watch out for is the low-FAT products. These are likely to be higher carb since the manufacturers remove the fat & replace it with other modified (and usually carby) substances.
My instructions at diagnosis were to keep carbs under 100g per day. Doc warned me that if I ate a big baked potato for supper, I'd see it on my meter in the morning. So I scratched on the baked potatoes, but continued to enjoy my homemade whole wheat & sourdough breads, pasta, brown rice. etc. But soon found that I could not attain a reading under 140 by any combination of foods/menus. So then I had to learn that even the regular foods like bread, rice, pasta, potatoes, etc., would need to be limited if not completely avoided if I were to attain my target glucose levels.
Once I trimmed my carb intake down between 50 & 65 grams per day, I began to get the meter readings I want to see - clustered round 100 and no higher than 130. And I've now found certain brands of pasta, breads, etc., that I can enjoy without exploding my meter!
I dearly LOVE Dreamfields pasta & can eat it with abandon. Certain brands of low-carb tortillas work much better with my glucose than the usual cheap flour ones. LaTiara makes a wonderfully thin crispy corn tortilla shell that's only 4g of carbs per shell. Nature's Own bakery has taken the step of removing HFCS from all their bread products! Yay!!! I can have a slice of buttered toast again!
So yes, regular foods really are the ticket - just choose wisely.