WHEAT AND DIABETES
Most common advice to diabetic patients is to eat roti or chapathi or any wheat products. It is assumed that this will help in the reduction of sugars. Sadly i have hardly seen much help in the matter. Many switch from rice to wheat products and assume they have done the right choice.
Nobody ever think about the servings and end up eating the same amount of servings/number of chapathis Eg.5- 8 Nos. What is very important in diabetes is the kind of carbohydrate eaten or the kind of sugar. Hence eating many chapathis do not reduce in fact can increase sugar levels.
Doctors too ask patients to switch to chapathi. But especially for south indian, rice is the main cereal other than ragi,jowar etc.
Yes rice can be safely eaten so also wheat ie by eating the same servings Eg 3 katoris of rice or 3 chapathis or 1 katori rice plus 2 chapathis in a normal diet. In a low calorie, reducing diet only 2 servings of any cereal is allowed.
Wheat For Type-1Diabetics
In type-2 diabetes, the body fails to produce enough insulin to break down the sugar in a person’s diet. This sugar or glucose then builds up in the blood and forces the pancreas to produce too much insulin. High insulin levels create a whole set of complications and health problems that are symptomatic of type-2 diabetes. If you are obese or have high blood pressure, the chances of developing type-2 diabetes are higher. One way of preventing the onset of this strain of diabetes is by keeping a check on your weight and cholesterol levels. To this end, wheat is highly recommended for type-2 diabetics. Studies indicate that people who included whole grain foods into their daily diet not only weigh less but also have lower cholesterol and insulin levels. Foods such as whole wheat, bulgur wheat, and cracked wheat can protect you against type-2 diabetes. Experts also claim that eating a diet heavy with refined and processed foods can increase your risk factor for diabetes. Refined grains and foods include items such as white bread, pasta, white rice, pancakes, pies, waffles, and cakes, ready to eat cereals and biscuits. Cutting these items out of your diet can also reduce the possibility of developing cardiovascular diseases or stroke.
Wheat And Type-2 Diabetes
Type-1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that prevents the body from producing insulin. The pancreas, which is responsible for regulating blood sugar in the body, is mistakenly attacked by the immune system and diabetes develops. Research shows that people with type-1 diabetes possess cells in their bodies that over react to wheat and wheat products. This may be due to an inherent genetic condition that causes sensitivity to certain types of foods in the digestive system. These allergies in turn cause an imbalance in the immune system, making the person more susceptible to other health problems. There are studies that prove the negative impact of wheat on type-1 diabetes patients, whereas other promote the benefits of a wheat-free diet in reducing symptoms of the disease and preventing further health problems. Speak to your doctor or dietician to find out if you are allergic to wheat and what your alternative nutritional options are.