Is there an ‘alternative’ sugar for Type 2 diabetic patients? 29th December 2021

Diabetes may seem like the end of the world or rather the end to the sweetness we love to indulge in, but that doesn’t have to be the case. There are a variety of healthy alternatives to regular sugar, that you as a diabetic can incorporate into your daily diet. In fact, not just diabetics, but anyone looking to cut down refined sugar from their diet should look into healthy alternative sweeteners that are non-nutritive, plant-based, and low on calories. Nepbio’s (NBI) Type 2 Protein Sweetener is one such sugar for Type 2 diabetes .It is a ‘natural low sugar’ that you can indulge without the guilt.

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In this blog, we will talk about type 2 diabetes, sugar, and how you can turn back to the ‘sweeter side of life’.

What is Type 2 diabetes?

Type 2 diabetes is the most common diabetes type. It is a metabolic disorder that occurs when the body cannot make enough insulin to maintain blood glucose levels within the target range or the cells of the body do not respond to the insulin as they should, a phenomenon known as insulin resistance. Both the scenarios lead to high blood glucose levels and the onset of Type 2 diabetes.

According to Better Health- In Australia, Type 2 diabetes affects 85-90% of all people with diabetes with over 1 million people registered as having the condition. It usually affects people over the age of 40, however, younger people are being diagnosed in greater numbers. Type 2 diabetes is related to genetic factors and lifestyle risk factors such as obesity, poor diet, and a lack of physical activity.

Type 2 diabetes, however, does not develop overnight and can be managed, and often cured, if detected earlier, by adopting healthy lifestyle including regular physical activity, making healthy food choices, and being a healthy weight.

Type 2 diabetes and required lifestyle changes

There is no cure for type 2 diabetes. But adopting and continuing a healthy lifestyle can help to manage type 2 diabetes. This includes keeping your diet in check, undertaking physical activities ,cutting out refined sugar and unhealthy fats from your daily diet. Here are some practices you can embrace-

  •  Prepare your diet based on your requirements. Include plenty of vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. Choose non-fat dairy and prefer lean meats. Cut down refined sugar and fats. Stay low on carbs since they convert into sugar. Eating healthy is crucial.
  •  30 minutes of physical activities daily, that make you sweat and breathe a little hard. Physical activities help you to lose weight, lower your blood sugar level, reduce heart risk, and ease stress.
  •  Stress pushes your blood sugar levels to the sky. Find ways that can help you relieve stress- breathing practices, yoga, your favorite hobbies. Anything that helps you secrete happiness hormones is good.
  •  Limit your alcohol and avoid if possible. Alcohol may alter your blood sugar level- taking it too high or too low. The American Diabetes Association says that women who drink alcohol should limit to one drink a day and men should have no more than two.
  • The role of ‘sugar’ in diabetes

    Sugar comes in different types- natural and added. Natural sugars are found in fruits, vegetables, milk, and legumes, and contain important nutrients. Added sugars are refined from plants such as sugar cane and may not have any nutritive value and can increase energy levels (calories) of the food they are added to. Now the question is, does sugar cause diabetes?

    It would come as a surprise to many, but sugar in itself is not directly responsible for diabetes, or rather has no impact on diabetes. But one of the vices of increased sugar consumption is obesity or excess weight gain, which is a major factor responsible for Type 2 diabetes.

    Consumption of high levels of sugar in a diet can lead to health problems such as tooth decay and obesity. In addition, excess sugar is stored as fat in the body, not to mention the extra kilojoules in food. Eating too much with less or no physical activity leads to chronic health problems such as hypertension, Type 2 Diabetics, kidney failure, and cardiovascular diseases.

    Sweeteners- an alternative to regular sugar

    Sweeteners are alternatives for ‘refined sugar’ and are often recommended to diabetic patients who are on a restricted diet. They provide a sweet taste like that of sugar while containing significantly less food energy as compared to table sugar (sucrose), making it a zero-calorie sugar or low-calorie sugar.

    But most of these sweeteners, both artificial and natural, contain Polyols (sugar alcohols, a type of carbohydrate) which are considered high FODMAP. When consumed excessively, they can have a bloating or laxative effect in almost 35% of the Australian population.

    Is there a suitable alternate sugar for Type 2 diabetes? We have just the thing for you!

    A healthier alternative- Type 2 Protein Sweetener

    Type 2 protein sweetener is a sweet, low calorie sugar alternative that is composed of naturally occurring plant extract- stevia and thaumatin (protein sweetener). The stevia leaves a sweet and bitter after taste and the thaumatin leaves a sharp sweetness with a lingering sweetness. A combination of both brings the taste of our sweetener much closer to sugar.

    But what makes it suitable for diabetics? Since our all-natural Type 2 Protein Sweetener is made up of 80% dietary fiber, it doesn’t raise blood glucose levels, making it a safe sugar for Type 2 diabetes as well as patients with severe diabetes. Moreover, it is a non-nutritive sweetener and does not contain any sugar alcohols. They are very low in calories or contain no calories at all. Thus, can be added to food and beverages without worrying about any added calories.

    Now you can continue to enjoy the sweeter side of life and not worry about the consequences. Visit our website to buy Type 2 Protein Sweetener and our other products directly- https://www.nepbio.com/shop-now

    About Nepbio (NBI)

    Nepbio (NBI) is a global leader in scientific research and development of dietary supplements, medicines, and food products for a healthier lifestyle. We aim to keep chronic diseases such as obesity, hypertension, and diabetes at bay simply by advocating healthy dietary habits using healthy food. We have a wide range of innovative health & wellness products:

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