Diabetic should take extra care to eat foods rich in antioxidants, vitamins E and C and beta-carotene since the artery-clogging process appears more severe in diabetics. This advice comes from Dr. James Anderson, of the University of Kentucky college of Medicine,LDL, the bad type of cholesterol is more susceptible to oxidation, and thus more likely to become toxic in diabetic, In turn, such oxidized LDL is more likely to clog arteries. This may explain, the two to three times higher risk of heart disease in diabetics, says Dr. Anderson.
The dangerous oxidized cholesterol is caused by high levels of sugar in the blood of diabetics. As sugar is metabolized, it releases the oxygen free radicals scavengers mop up the destructive reaction caused by free radicals.
All health agencies now advise that the anti oxidants provide probably the best protection against heart disease, high blood cholesterol( both risk factor in diabetes) as well as against cancer. The following foods are good sources of antioxidants.
Beta-Carotene: Dark green leafy vegetables, yellow and orange vegetables and fruits such as spinach, broccoli, peas, asparagus, carrots, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, apricots, peaches, cherries, mangoes and melons.
Vitamin C : Citrus fruit, Indian gooseberry, strawberries, blackcurrants, brussel sprouts, Kiwi fruit, raw cabbage, green leafy vegetables, green peppers, potatoes, parsnip, tomatoes.
Vitamin E : Nuts, Seeds, Whole grains, soya beans, almonds, vegetables oils, specially sunflower oil, fish liver oils, green leafy vegetables.
Additionally researchers have found that deficiency of vitamin C can leave a person irritable and depressed. Vitamin C rich fruits like Indian gooseberry, grapefruit and oranges help get over the depression. Vitamin C also strengthens gums and teeth and are very effective in preventing and curing acute inflammations of the gum margins,condition seen often in diabetes.