Diabetes is a common condition that affects almost four million people in the UK. It’s caused by the pancreas not producing enough of the hormone insulin, or the body not reacting to insulin. Without enough insulin, the body struggles to convert sugar in the blood into useable energy. But you could avoid high blood sugar symptoms and signs by swapping your evening hot chocolate for a warm cup of cocao, it’s been claimed.
Cacao is a great substitute for hot chocolate to warm you up in the evening, especially for diabetes patients, a nutritionist has revealed.
It works by reducing insulin resistance, which helps the body to better control blood sugar.
But, you should look out for unsweetened cacao if you’re looking to add it to your diet, warned CuraLin Diabetes supplements’ nutritionist, Dr Sarah Brewer.
Cacao also contains flavanols, which could be crucial in preventing signs of high blood sugar.
Flavanols work by promoting the release of insulin in the body, scientists have revealed.
“Rather than drinking hot chocolate, opt for high flavanol unsweetened cacao, which is a delicious way to help improve glucose control by reducing insulin resistance,” she said.
You could also avoid diabetes symptoms by eating more winter-warming stews, and certain spices, she said.
“Fill up with healthy, winter, warming stews full of low glycaemic-index vegetables and beans.
“If you’re having crusty bread, select granary-style seeded and brown wholemeal loaves.
“Home-made curry makes a great winter warmer, and curry spices such as cinnamon, fenugreek, chilli and turmeric have beneficial effects on glucose control.
“If you are having rice, select brown or wild rice rather than white rice.”
If big diet changes aren’t for you, you could consider taking CuraLin supplements, said Brewer.
The supplements use traditional medicinal herbs that improve glucose tolerance, including turmeric, fenugreek and bitter melon.
Many people may have diabetes without even knowing it, warned the NHS. That’s because the symptoms don’t necessarily make you feel unwell.
Common diabetes symptoms include passing more urine than normal, feeling very tired, and feeling very thirsty.
Speak to a doctor if you’re worried about the signs or symptoms of diabetes, or if you think you may be at risk.