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15 Symptoms of Diabetes You Shouldn’t Ignore

Chilli or hot peppers

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Chilli or hot peppers, such as habaneros or jalapeños, contain a flavourless compound called capsaicin, an irritant that produces a sensation of burning in any tissue with which it comes into contact.

Capsaicin seems to curb the appetite and speed up the metabolism slightly, but only for a short time. However, because people tend to eat less when their food is spicy, it can be helpful in reducing the amount of food you eat and thus your weight, which will help you control your blood sugar.

You can’t eat spicy foods, of course, if you have acid reflux or other digestive problems.

Cinnamon

Cinnamon has a stabilising effect on blood sugar. Studies indicate that it can cut fasting glucose levels by up to 30%. My own experience suggests that, about a teaspoon sprinkled on my porridge (oatmeal) in the mornings reduces my average glucose levels on awaking by nearly 0.5mmol/l (9mg/l) or about 8%, a significant drop. Half a teaspoon has little effect.

It seems to me that this spice, in the form of ground powder, can help control your blood glucose. However a Cochrane review (a meta-analysis summarising and interpreting the results of many trials) published in 2012 found that cinnamon was no more effective than a placebo in reducing haemoglobin A1c (HbA1c), a long-term measurement of blood glucose control. Nevertheless I continue to use cinnamon it every morning.

You can also stir it into your coffee, tea or yoghurt to add flavour without adding calories.

These are just a few of the foods you can eat to beat your diabetes. There are hundreds more.

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