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Type 2 diabetes: what to eat in the evening?

Controlling type 2 diabetes is mainly based on two pillars: a balanced diet and regular physical activity. But what foods should you put on your plate for dinner and which ones should you avoid?

In USA, nearly 4 million people suffer from diabetes. Of these, over 90% are affected by type 2 diabetes. The prevalence of this form of diabetes increases with age, with a peak in cases after 75: type 2 diabetes generally occurs as a result of the body's cells misusing insulin. This is known as insulin resistance. To keep it under control, there's no substitute for physical activity and a healthy diet. Here's what you can eat in the evening.

Type 2 diabetes: what to choose for dinner?

As Dr. Emmanuelle Lecornet-Sokol, endocrinologist and President of the Fédération nationale des endocrinologues libéraux (FENAREDIAM) points out, there is no scientific evidence to support the theory that you should eat lighter in the evening. On the other hand, in the case of type 2 diabetes, it is recommended that half the meal be rich in fiber. This means preparing a variety of vegetables, which can be pan-fried, au gratin or sautéed.

How important is meal frequency in diabetes control?

type 2 diabetes need to eat at least two meals a day to balance their diabetes. "However, they can eat two, three or four meals a day. No study has shown this to be harmful. The important thing is to respect your cycle without eating all day long. For example, some patients don't eat breakfast. They eat at lunchtime and in the evening, and that's no problem. The belief that it's absolutely necessary to eat breakfast is wrong. It depends on the individual. Knowing your body and its needs is essential for controlling blood sugar levels, and therefore diabetes", notes Dr. Emmanuelle Lecornet-Sokol.

Can a diabetic patient practice intermittent fasting?

Intermittent fasting consists of alternating periods of eating with periods of fasting of around six to eight hours. Some scientific studies have shown that type 2 diabetes can be improved by intermittent fasting.


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