Diabetes in India or India in Diabetes

Stop ignoring diabetes and start acting on it. Take a step towards a healthy lifestyle by eating quinoa - this will help in managing your diabetes.

Diabetes has now become an epidemic. Before independence, Indians starved to poverty but in the current scenario, it’s the lack of exercise and the overabundance of food that is accelerating lifestyle disorders like diabetes. According to International Federation of Diabetes there are 64 million diabetics in India (year 2011).

A diabetic requires 30 percent protein and 40 percent carbohydrate in their diet for Sugars management. If a diabetic follows a moderately high diet in protein, they result in less carbohydrate intake and weight loss, an improvement in liver health with reduced AST, ALT, and GGT. The fat content of the liver and HBA1C levels also improve – it also enhances the liver fat percentage and HBA1C levels.

Quinoa can facilitate the management of sugars for the following reasons:

  • Quinoa has a wholesome dose of complex carbohydrates and yet has a low GI (Glycemic index), consequently it doesn’t spike blood sugars, as compared to other cereals. This is extremely helpful in order manage diabetes.
  • It’s considered topnotch for heart health because of its fiber and the polyunsaturated fatty acids that it imparts. Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that protects your cells from damage and potassium helps offset sodium’s negative effects on blood pressure. The two are found in quinoa in great quantity.
  • A precise calculation by a Nutritionist will give a confirmed quantity of quinoa to be included in the diet.


– Monica Magoo, Nutritionist & Diet Consultant

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