Type 1 diabetes is usually not preventable. However, you can possibly prevent Type 2 Diabetes, an adult-onset metabolic condition which occurs mostly to those who are 35 years old and above. Recent studies show that there may be a link between Type 2 diabetes and potassium levels.
The Link Between Diabetes And Potassium
Potassium is a type of mineral and electrolyte that helps to keep the fluid of your body at a proper level. By keeping your body fluids in check, your muscles can contract without pain and your heart will be able to beat properly. It also allows your brain to function at its highest capability. Without the right level of potassium in your body, you can suffer from simple muscle cramps to even more serious conditions, like seizures.
Despite the wide recognition that the body’s potassium level can affect diabetes, researches are still going on to verify such claim. In one study, low level of potassium has been linked to high level of glucose and insulin in healthy individuals. These two traits are often associated with diabetes.
In another 2011 study, low potassium level is linked to high blood pressure and increased risk of diabetes. However, it was noted that although low potassium can increase your risk of diabetes, taking more potassium will not entirely cure your diabetes.
How to Prevent Your Potassium Level from Fluctuating
You must consume at least 4.7 grams of potassium every day in order to keep your potassium level on track. Therefore, it is highly recommended that you monitor your daily food intake using a journal and determine the potassium content of every food you consume. Below are some of the best sources of potassium:
- Plain yogurt
- Baked potatoes and sweet potatoes
- Kidney beans
- Bananas, peaches and avocados
- Fish, tuna, salmon and cod
Limit your consumption of processed foods since they are not a good source of potassium. If you perspire a lot when exercising, add a post workout smoothie to your routine. This helps to replenish some of the lost potassium and balance the electrolyte level of your body.
See Your Doctor
If you think you are not getting the right amount of potassium, consider seeing your doctor or nutritionist. Your doctor can work out a plan to help you consume more potassium without affecting your diabetes diet.
With proper monitoring and advance planning, you should be able to control your potassium level while managing your diabetes.