J Korean Diabetes > Volume 11(4); 2010 > Article
The Journal of Korean Diabetes 2010;11(4):303-308.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4093/kcd.2010.11.4.303   
당뇨병에 좋은 식품
Proper Nutrition for Diabetes Patients
Young Min Park
Diabetes is a disease characterized by a malfunction in glucose metabolism, a process which is strongly impacted by diet. Therefore controlling the diets of diabetic patients will help to achieve a good prognosis. Many diabetic patients follow the recommended basic dietary principles. However, a large portion of diabetic patients tend to seek alternatives such as Health Function Foods or wholesome foods, many of which contain polyphenols that have been shown to have anti-diabetic and anti-oxidative effects. There are many desirable nutritional substances for diabetes that can be gained through the ingestion of the proper foods, such as inulin in yacon, fructose in Helianthus tuberosus, catechn in green tea, rutin and γ-aminobutyrc acid (GABA) in mulberry leaves and mulberry fruits, saponin in ginseng, flavonoid in glasswort, and curcumin in tumaric. The best way to obtain the appropriate anti-diabetic/anti-oxidant nutrients is to add them to the recommended meal plan and consume them regularly; for example, eating multigrain rice to obtain fiber and minerals to help reduce serum glucose. However, foods containing desirable diabetic substances may also have other nutrients that may actually increase the serum glucose level. Therefore, it is important that all of the nutrients in a product are properly analyzed. In particular, check thoroughly for ingredients that may increase the glucose level. These reasons support research for the analysis of functioning ingredients and nutrients in products which are known to have anti-diabetic effects. (Korean Clinical Diabetes J 11:303-308, 2010)
Key Words: Anti-diabetic effect, Diabetes, Proper nutrition for diabetes

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