Did You Know That Food Can Help Wounds Heal?

By |2018-07-10T15:23:35+00:00Updated: January 10th, 2015|Diabetes Management, DIY Diabetes Articles|0 Comments

People with diabetes do not heal as efficiently as people with normal blood sugar levels. Certain foods can help your wounds heal and also help keep your blood sugar optimal.

Protein helps to repair tissue:

  • Fish
  • Shellfish
  • Eggs (egg whites have protein and no cholesterol)
  • Cheese (low fat is better for your heart)
  • Poultry
  • Lean meat
  • Nut butters (peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter, etc.)

Carbohydrates give you energy:

  • Starch (bread – whole grains are best – cereal, noodles, rice, barley, kasha)
  • Starchy vegetables (sweet or white potatoes, corn, peas, beans)
  • Non-starchy vegetables (broccoli, green beans, asparagus, salad greens)
  • Fruit
  • Milk (drinking milk, soymilk or yogurt)

Fat allows you to absorb your fat soluble vitamins – A, D, E, K:

  • Oil (olive and canola oil are best for your heart)
  • Nuts (are good for your heart and health)
  • Avocado (is good for your heart)
  • Margarine (pick one without trans fat)
  • Butter (use more sparingly)

The following vitamins are excellent to heal wounds most efficiently:

Vitamin C – foods with high levels:

  • Peppers (especially red)
  • Kiwi fruit
  • Tomatoes
  • Citrus fruits (oranges, grapefruits)
  • Broccoli

Vitamin A – foods with high levels:

  • Orange colored fruits/vegetables
  • Dark green leafy vegetables

Vitamin E – foods with high levels:

  • Whole grains
  • Wheat germ
  • Dark leafy green vegetables
  • Eggs**
  • Nuts and seeds

Vitamin B – foods with high levels:

  • Whole grains (wheat and oats)
  • Fish and seafood
  • Poultry and meat
  • Eggs**

Zinc – foods with high levels:

  • Oysters (very high)
  • Protein
  • Beans

** Egg yolks contain vitamins and cholesterol while egg whites contain protein

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About the Author:

Marci SloaneMarci Sloane, MS, RD, LD/N, CDE, is a registered and licensed dietitian/nutritionist and certified diabetes educator. She grew up in NYC where she graduated with a degree in Nutrition and Physiology from Teachers College at Columbia University. For over a decade, Marci managed a Diabetes and Nutrition Education Center at a multi-bed hospital in South Florida and has been counseling people on healthy eating, weight loss, and managing diseases and conditions such as: diabetes, pre-diabetes, healthy eating, heart disease, weight loss, high cholesterol, high triglycerides, hypertension, hypoglycemia and a host of other nutrition-related diseases. Marci is an American Diabetes Association Valor Award recipient and lectures frequently to the public and healthcare professionals. Marci was a featured panelist for the Sun-Sentinel's "Let's Take It Off" weight loss program, was highlighted in the Palm Beach Post: Meet Your Neighbor, "Woman's book on healthy eating uses humor as a key ingredient" and was a participant in their Diabetes Series in 2007. Marci Sloane is a member of the American Diabetes Association’s Health Professional Committee.

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